GRASP – Hospital Version

GRASP (Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program) Hospital Version is an arm and hand exercise program that we developed for stroke patients with upper extremity impairments. We know that more arm and hand activity early after a stroke can improve outcomes. GRASP- Hospital Version provides one method for patients to undertake a self-directed arm and hand exercise program. This exercise program is most effectively used within the first 8 weeks post stroke.

Funded by a Heart and Stroke Foundation of BC and Yukon grant, we showed that patients who supplemented standard rehabilitation care with GRASP-Hospital Version had better arm and hand function than a control group who only had standard rehabilitation care. Better function was demonstrated when patients were discharged from the rehabilitation hospital and also at 5 months post-stroke. A physical therapist or occupational therapist instructed the patient in the program, but the patient did the program independently. It is important to note that better outcomes were achieved if the patient has family, friends or a caregiver who assisted with GRASP.

The GRASP- Hospital Version is available in the following languages: English, French, Chinese (Traditional), Chinese (Simplified), Hindi, Hebrew, Punjabi, Portuguese, and Vietnamese.

To get started with GRASP-Hospital Version, please read through the GRASP Terms and Conditions. If you choose to accept, you will be redirected to the GRASP-Hospital Version resource downloads page.