Trunk Control Test as an early predictor of stroke rehabilitation outcome

F. P. Franchignoni, L. Tesio, C. Ricupero, M. T. Martino

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Background and Purpose: The aim of this study was to investigate the construct and predictive validity of the Trunk Control Test (TCT) in postacute stroke patients by comparing TCT scores at admission and discharge with the Functional Independence Measure (FIM) scores. Methods: Forty-nine patients participated in the study. The TCT examines four movements; rolling from a supine position to the weak side (T1) and to the strong side (T2), sitting up from a lying-down position (T3), and sitting balance (T4). The FIM is an 18-item scale (13 motor [motFIM] and 5 cognitive [cognFIM]) used to determine the revel of dependence of patients in daily life. Results: Thirty six patients (73%) increased their TCT overall score at discharge. The TCT item-total correlations were high, both at admission and discharge (P

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1382-1385
Number of pages4
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1997


  • Cerebrovascular disorders
  • Disability evaluation
  • Outcome
  • Rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine
  • Neuroscience(all)


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