Systematic review of apraxia treatments to improve occupational performance outcomes

Kathryn Lindsten-McQueen, Nikki Williamson Weiner, Hsin Yen Wang, Naomi Josman, Lisa Tabor Connor

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The objective was to assess effectiveness of apraxia treatments using a systematic review. In contrast to previous reviews, each study was rated as to its applicability to occupational therapy practice and its focus on occupational performance using the FAME rating system (defined by four categories: Feasibility, Appropriateness, Meaningfulness, Effectiveness). This systematic review included eight studies: four randomized controlled trials (level 1 evidence) and four pre-post designs (level 3 evidence). Three treatment approaches were reported: errorless learning with training of details; gesture training; and strategy training. FAME scores ranged from A to C. All studies reported significant treatment effects, but only one demonstrated an impact on observed occupational performance that transferred from clinic to home.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)183-192
Number of pages10
JournalOTJR Occupation, Participation and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2014

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
Copyright © American Occupational Therapy Foundation.


  • Apraxia
  • Systematic review
  • Treatment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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