New metric to track prosthetic arm progress

Measurement of success

Researchers have devised standardized methods and criteria for clinicians to grade patients’ performance, speed, and skill using any kind of prosthetic arm to do 18 everyday tasks. Credit: Courtesy of Linda Resnik, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A new validated and reliable measure of how well an adult amputee is able to perform everyday tasks with a prosthetic arm will help physical and occupational therapists, prosthetists, and doctors assess the progress that patients make during training with their new limb.