Motor performance in the early acute post-stroke period is associated with the cognitive demand of the test. Cognition is a critical component when considering post-stroke motor testing and neurorehabilitation.
Why this matters ?
Up to 85% of stroke survivors have upper limb motor impairment. Many stroke survivors also have cognitive impairments, typically in the early post-acute stroke period and including attention deficit, executive functioning, visuo-spatial ability, and language impairments.
The interrelationship between cognitive and motor impairments is unclear and it is unknown whether the presence of cognitive impairment can affect upper limb motor performance in acute stroke survivors.