Using a template to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the Jebsen-Taylor hand function test: a comparative study.

D Harte, D Curran, Philip Hamill, Alison Porter-Armstrong, L Wilson

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Abstract

Introduction: The Jebsen–Taylor Hand Function Test is a standardised assessment that relies upon precise test administrationthrough the placement of a number of small items in each subset. This set up has been criticised in the literatureas being time consuming and open to non-precision error in item placement. This study investigates whether applicationof a novel template board to the testing procedure of the Jebsen–Taylor Hand Function Test enhances accuracy andreduces the clinical time taken to administer the test when compared to non-template-based testing practices.Methods: The template board was marked to highlight where each test item should precisely be located during subtestadministration. Additionally, three therapists completed 10 timed trials each in test preparation and setting up subtests 2,3, 6 and 7 with and without the template to assess efficiency.Results: Results show that set up without using a template resulted in an average total of 10% accuracy in subtest 2, 0%accuracy in subtest 3 and 3.33% accuracy in subtests 6 and 7. The acceptable value on these tests to demonstrateaccuracy is 100% (p
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11-16
JournalJournal of Hand Therapy
Volume19
Issue number1
Early online date12 Feb 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2014

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