- Physiologically based measure for spastic reflexes for use in individuals with SCI.
- Developed in response to the demand for a standardized, simple clinical measure that encompasses the primary spastic reaction in the SCI population.
- The SCATS is split into 3 subscales, each addressing a separate spasm:
- Flexor spasms
- Extensor spasms
- The SCATS does not gather information on patient perspective, an important aspect of spasms, as some spasms are perceived as beneficial to the patient.
- Each subscale is quick (<5 sec) to administer; however, if a spasm is elicited, spasm duration is patient specific and could be enduring.
- The SCATS appears to be comprehensive in differentiating three different spastic responses.
- As spasms are often uncomfortable for individuals with SCI, and the SCATS is recommended to be done in tandem with self reporting measures of spasm, there is the possibility of high respondent burden in terms of both length and comfort.
- The measure could be conducted during a home visit or at a clinic/hospital.
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