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After perinatal brachial plexus injury (PBPI), clinicians play an important role in injury classification as well as the assessment of recovery and secondary conditions. Early assessment guides the initial plan of care and influences follow-up and long-term outcome.


To review methods used to assess, classify and monitor the extent and influence of PBPI with an emphasis on guidelines for clinicians.


We use The International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) model to provide a guide to assessment after PBPI for rehabilitation clinicians.


With information gained from targeted assessments, clinicians can design interventions to increase the opportunities infants and children have for optimal recovery and to attain skills that allow participation in areas of interest.


NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Hand Therapy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Hand Therapy, volume 28, issue 2, in 2015. DOI: 10.1016/j.jht.2015.01.001

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