Journal article

Clinical measures of handgrip limitation relate to impaired pinch grip force control after stroke

Jannette M Blennerhassett, Leeanne M Carey, Thomas A Matyas

Journal of Hand Therapy | HANLEY & BELFUS-ELSEVIER INC | Published : 2008


This study examined whether clinical measures of handgrip limitation relate to laboratory measures of grip force impairment during a pinch grip, lift, and hold task post-stroke. Handgrip ability in 45 people with stroke who had residual grip ability was examined relative to 45 age-matched healthy adults. The clinical tests included items from a) the Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test; b) the Motor Assessment Scale; c) the Functional Independence Measure (FIM); and d) a custom-designed survey about hand-use in daily life. The laboratory test was summarized by principal components: 1) Pre-Lift Delay and 2) Grip Force Dyscontrol. For the stroke group, a moderate to strong correlation was found be..

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