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

Harte, D, Curran, D, Hamill, Philip, Porter-Armstrong, Alison and Wilson, L (2014) Using a template to improve the accuracy and efficiency of the Jebsen-Taylor hand function test: a comparative study. Journal of Hand Therapy, 19 (1). pp. 11-16. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1177/1758998314522435

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<0.05). The results also demonstrate that the total time to complete test set up was significantly lesswhen using the template board (p<0.05).Discussion: This study demonstrates the difficulty in achieving accuracy without a template board and the associatedinefficiencies. The availability of standardised assessments that are easy to use in clinical practice and that have soundreliability, validity and responsiveness is necessary to objectively and accurately measure hand function.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Ulster Business School > Department of Business and Enterprise
Ulster Business School
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Institute of Nursing and Health Research > Centre for Health and Rehabilitation Technologies
Institute of Nursing and Health Research
ID Code:28529
Deposited By: Dr Alison Porter-Armstrong
Deposited On:19 Feb 2014 11:38
Last Modified:19 Feb 2014 11:38

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