Reliability and internal consistency of Thai activity card sort for stroke survivors in Occupational Therapy Units

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Peeradech Thichanpiang
Anuchart Kaunnil
Veerawat Sansri
Surachart Thongchoomsin
Kannika Permpoonputtana


Background: In Thailand, it is estimated that there are 250,000 new cases of stroke each year. About 50,000 patients lose their lives and around 30% of patients become paralyzed. Occupational Therapy (OT) has a key role in rehabilitation for stroke. In particular, it enables survivors to reengage in their occupations. The Activity Card Sort (ACS) is a useful tool for assisting clients to select therapeutic activities and occupations that are relevant to their needs and contexts.

Objectives: This study aims to create, test of reliability and internal consistency of Thai-ACS for stroke survivors in occupational therapy units.

Materials and methods: The development of the Thai-ACS for stroke rehabilitation was based on a survey of stroke survivors and occupational therapists (OTs) from OT clinics in 6 regions of Thailand. Cluster analyses were used to identify group and patterns of activities.

Results: The survey was completed by 120 clients and 60 OTs who then engaged with ACS in therapy. Thai-ACS was comprised of 100 activity items obtained from OTs and stroke survivors’ input. Three clusters emerged for domain areas, consisting of Basic rehabilitation skills and ADL (18 items); IADL, household and education (60 items); and Leisure and socio-cultural participation (22 items). All activities were created by the need of stroke survivors and related to their occupations. This final Thai-ACS also showed a Cronbach alpha coefficient of 0.832, which reflected high reliability and inter-correlations among test activity items.

Conclusion: Thai-ACS for stroke clients is a comprehensive instrument to engage collaboratively with stroke survivors in activities based on their cultural lifestyle. It will facilitate rigorous clinical and population-based research and will direct appropriate therapeutic engagement relevant to the client’s needs and contexts.


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Thichanpiang, P., Kaunnil, A. ., Sansri, V. ., Thongchoomsin, S. ., & Permpoonputtana, K. . (2020). Reliability and internal consistency of Thai activity card sort for stroke survivors in Occupational Therapy Units. Journal of Associated Medical Sciences, 53(3), 24–33. Retrieved from
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