Evidence reviewed as of before 20-05-2021

Author(s): Ogourtsova, T. (PhD OT) & Osman, G. (MSc OT student)

Motor performance

We found one method-comparison study (Nicola et al., 2018) on a telerehabilitation assessment Movement Assessment Battery for Children—2nd edition (MABC-2).

Purpose of assessment
The focus of MABC-2 is to evaluate motor performance in children; manual dexterity, aiming and catching, balance.
Health discipline
MABC-2 was administered by a physiotherapist.
MABC-2 was administered to children (n=59) with motor difficulties, aged 5-11, 31M:28F.
Equipment & platform
  • Equipment used: PC, iPad, 4G-Wi-fi hotspot
  • Platform used: eHAB (remote consultation system and videoconferencing)
Face-to-face comparison
A face-to-face comparison was conducted using the same assessment (MACB-2) in person.
  • Average responses suggest that participants liked the telehealth assessments
  • More participants would opt for f2f over telehealth
  • Good agreement between telehealth and f2f for MABC-2 scores, with some discrepancies
  • No statistically significant difference in subtests in telehealth vs f2f
Training required
"Level B: A master's degree in psychology, education, speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, or in a field closely related to the intended use of the assessment, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments; OR Certification by or full active membership in a professional organization (such as ASHA, AOTA, AERA, ACA, AMA, CEC, AEA, AAA, EAA, NAEYC, NBCC, CVRP) that requires training and experience in the relevant area of assessment; OR A degree or license to practice in the healthcare or allied healthcare field; OR Formal, supervised mental health, speech/language, occupational therapy, social work, counseling, and/or educational training specific to assessing children, or in infant and child development, and formal training in the ethical administration, scoring, and interpretation of clinical assessments; OR work for an accredited institution."
Nicola, K., et al., The feasibility and concurrent validity of performing the Movement Assessment Battery for Children - 2nd Edition via telerehabilitation technology. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 2018. 77: p. 40-48.