Journal article

Measuring Change in Somatosensation Across the Lifespan

Winnie Dunn, James W Griffith, Dory Sabata, Mary T Morrison, Joy C MacDermid, Amy Darragh, Roseann Schaaf, Brian Dudgeon, Lisa Tabor Connor, Leeanne Carey, Jennifer Tanquary

American Journal of Occupational Therapy | AMER OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSOC, INC | Published : 2015

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The study aim was to determine natural variability in somatosensation across age groups using brief measures. We validated measures in a community-dwelling population as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function (NIH Toolbox; http://www.nihtoolbox.org). METHOD: Participants included community-dwelling children and adults (N=367, ages 3-85 yr) across seven sites. We tested haptic recognition, touch detection-discrimination, and proprioception using brief affordable measures as required by the NIH Toolbox. RESULTS: Accuracy improved from young children to young adults; from young to older adults, the pattern revers..

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