Relationship Between Self-Reported Upper Limb Disability and Quantitative Tests in Hand-Arm Vibration SyndromeBy Poole, Kerry; Mason, Howard; Disability and Rehabilitation, Vol. 29, No. 5, pp. 359-366
Publication Date: March 2007
Study conducted to establish the relationship between quantitative tests of hand function and upper limb disability as measured by the Disability of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) Questionnaire among people with hand-arm vibration syndrome (HAVS). A total of 228 people with HAVS participated in the study. Each participant had undergone a full HAVS assessment prior to the study, which included quantitative tests of vibrotactile and thermal perception thresholds, maximal hand-grip strength, and the Purdue pegboard test. A DASH questionnaire was also completed in the study. The Purdue pegboard test and the hand-grip strength test were found to provide the most statistically significant individual correlations with the DASH disability score. The authors conclude that measurements of manual dexterity and hand-grip strength via the Purdue pegboard and the hand-grip strength can be useful in helping to confirm deficits in upper limb function and perceived disability among people with HAVS.
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