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Assessment of Hand Function and Fine Motor Coordination in the Geriatric Population

Hardin, Misty OTR/L

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: December 2002 - Volume 18 - Issue 2 - p 18-27
Tests and Measures
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In evaluating overall functional performance, rehabilitation professionals first must perform a task analysis to determine the performance components inherent in each functional task. Central to each activity of daily living lie hand function and fine motor coordination. Despite the obvious necessity for assessment of hand function, there is no single, agreed upon standardized evaluation that proves to be ideal. The Purdue Pegboard Test, Jebsen Hand Function Test, Timed Manual Performance, Upper Extremity Performance Test for the Elderly, and the Smith Hand Function Evaluation each provide normative data for accurate, objective assessment of hand function. Considering both the advantages and disadvantages of each assessment, it is the ultimate responsibility of the individual practitioner to review various tests to determine the most appropriate selection for his or her setting.

Occupational Therapist; Morton Plant Extended Care Services; Clearwater, Florida

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