Tests and MeasuresAssessment of Hand Function and Fine Motor Coordination in the Geriatric PopulationHardin, Misty OTR/LAuthor Information Occupational Therapist; Morton Plant Extended Care Services; Clearwater, Florida Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: December 2002 - Volume 18 - Issue 2 - p 18-27 Buy Abstract 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. Copyright © 2002 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.