Establishment of reliability in the evaluation of hand sensibility

Christine B. Novak, Susan E. Mackinnon, J. Ivan Williams, Louise Kelly

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Abstract

Evaluation of hand sensibility using m easures of threshold and tactile discrim ination are standard assessm ent m ethods follow ing nerve injury. Many o f the available sensory m easures for the quantification o f hand sensibility lack verification o f in tertester reliability. In tertester reliability o f vibration threshold, cutaneous pressure threshold, tw o-point discrim ination, object identification, and tex tu re identification was established. T h e intraclass correlation coefficient ranged from 0.96 to 0.99 for all variables except tex tu re identification (r = 0.77). C om parisons w ere m ade betw een the sensory m easures and each functional m easure. T h e strongest correlational relationship was betw een tw o-point identification and object identification. Based on the results o f this study, evaluation o f hand sensibility may be attained with m easurem ent o f vibration and cutaneous pressure threshold, tw o-point discrim ination, and object identification. (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 92: 311, 1993.).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)311-322
Number of pages12
JournalPlastic and reconstructive surgery
Volume92
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1993

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