Assessment of Hand Function in Post Stroke Patients Using ‘Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test’
Keywords:Stroke, Impairments, Hand functions, Hemiparesis, Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test
Aim: After stroke, the majority of stroke survivors experience significant arm-hand impairments and
a decreased use of the paretic arm and hand in daily life. The actual use of the affected hand in daily
life performance depends on the severity of the arm-hand impairment and is associated with perceived
limitations in participation. Severity of arm-hand impairment is also associated with a decrease of
health-related quality of life, restricted social participation, and subjective well-being.Thus the study
aims to assess the hand function using Jebsen Taylor Hand function test among patients post stroke.
Methodology: Hand function was assessed using the Jebsen Taylor Hand Function Test,which included
seven tasks to be performed by the subjects.Hand function was assessed in 22 post stroke patients who
had experienced the stroke event at least 6 months prior.
Results: Out of the seven activities performed by 22 patients,the time required for all the activities
is given as follows (highest to lowest) –Writing, Simulated feeding, Small; common objects, Card
turning, Checkers, Light; heavy objects, Large; light objects.
Conclusion: Overall the study showed that the writing activity required the most amount of time for all
the subjects. The study also concludes that the time duration required is greater for the non-dominant
hand compared to the dominant hand for all the above mentioned activities.
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