The Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program (GRASP): a Systematic Review

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Purpose of Review To determine and examine the evidence of GRASP in an upper limb rehabilitation setting for survivors
of stroke.
Summary Five databases were searched: CINAHL Complete, Medline (OVID), Embase, Cochrane Methodological Register,
and Open Grey resulting in 8 studies for this review. Studies that included survivors of stroke using GRASP, participants
over 18 years, and full-text articles were used. The Down’s and Black checklist and Critical Appraisal Skills Programme
were used to assess risk of bias.
Recent Findings A narrative synthesis of results, including setting and exercise time, was conducted to provide a compre-
hensive overview of the clinical measures. The findings of this review revealed that those who used GRASP showed an
increase in hand strength/dexterity, upper limb function, and in the activities of daily living. The setting of GRASP provides
implications for the way the program can be delivered in the future
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-11
JournalCurrent Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Reports
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 13 Oct 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Scientific Research Committee (SRC) and NICHS Board grant number 2020_S01.

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  • Rehabiliation
  • Stroke upper-limb


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