Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


College of Humanities and Social Sciences



Thesis Sponsor/Dissertation Chair/Project Chair

Ruth Propper

Committee Member

Karen J. Nolan

Committee Member

Peter Vietze


A cerebrovascular accident occurs in less than 24 hours resulting in chronic physical and cognitive deficits. However, little is known about how a cerebrovascular accident impacts the individual’s activities of daily living (ADL). This study sought to compare and analyze the impact of two therapeutic devices on patients’ responses to ADL questionnaire items from baseline to 6 months. It was hypothesized that the Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) would be more effective and have a greater positive impact on patients’ response of ADL items than the AFO brace. In this study, subjects’ responses were recorded on the Stroke Impact Scale questionnaire (SIS) that contained eight sections. Subjects’ responses were later assessed by calculating the average from each section, which was then summed up by adding all the averaged scores for a total score. Overall, the results were centered around time and treatment in a 2 by 2 mixed ANOVA. The independent variables were time and treatment with the dependent variables being the eight sections from the SIS with the focus on the ADL section. A primary limitation is the SIS is a unilateral questionnaire only administered to the subjects who have experienced a stroke thus providing a subjective view of the responses. The FES device was found to be neither inferior nor superior to the AFO brace and the results did not support the hypothesis.

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