Motor Activity Log
MAL; MAL-14; MAL-28; Upper-extremity MAL
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 poststroke, 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,...
References and Readings
- 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.Google Scholar