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Motor Activity Log

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MAL; MAL-28; MAL-14; Upper-extremity MAL

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The MAL is a scripted, structured interview to measure real-world upper extremity function. It was developed to measure the effects of constraint-induced movement therapy on the more impaired arm following stroke.

The original MAL consists of 14 activities of daily living (ADLs) such as using a towel, brushing teeth, and picking up a glass. For a specified time period post-stroke, the individual is asked about the extent of the activity performed and how well it was performed by the more impaired arm. The response scale ranges from 0 (never used) to 5 (same as pre-stroke). The mean of the scores for frequency of the activity comprises the Amount of Use (AOU) scale; the mean of the scores for how well the activity was performed comprises the Quality of Movement (QOM) scale. Ideally, ratings are obtained from the individual with a stroke as well as a knowledgeable informant (caregiver).

After the initial rating of the MAL,...

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  • Taub, E., Miller, N. E., Novack, T. A., Cook, E. W., Fleming, W. C., Nepomuceno, C. S., et al. (1993). Technique to improve chronic motor deficit after stroke. Archives of Physical Medicine Rehabilitation, 74, 347–354.

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  • Taub, E., Morris, D. M., Bowman, M., & Uswatte, G. (2000). Upper-extremity Motor Activity Log [manual]. Available from Edward Taub, Psychology Department, UAB, CH415, 1530 3rd Avenue S., Birmingham AL, 35294.

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  • Uswatte, G., Taub, E., Morris, D., Vignolo, M., & McCulloch, K. (2005). Reliability and validity of the upper-extremity Motor Activity Log-14 for measuring real world arm use. Stroke, 36, 2493–2496.

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  • Uswatte, G., Taub, E., Morris, D., Light, K., & Thompson, P. A. (2006). The Motor Activity Log-28: Assessing daily use of the hemiparetic arm after stroke. Neurology, 67, 1189–1194.

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Bushnik, T. (2011). Motor Activity Log. In: Kreutzer, J.S., DeLuca, J., Caplan, B. (eds) Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology. Springer, New York, NY. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-79948-3_1948

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