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Brief Report  |   September 2003
Adult Norms for a Commercially Available Nine Hole Peg Test for Finger Dexterity
Author Affiliations
  • Kimatha Oxford Grice, MOT, OTR, CHT, is Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Occupational Therapy, Mail Code 6245, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, San Antonio, Texas 78229-3900; oxford@uthscsa.edu
  • Kimberly A. Vogel, EdD, OTR, is Associate Professor, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Antonio, Texas
  • Viet Le, OTR, is Former Graduate Student, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Antonio, Texas
  • Ana Mitchell, OTR, is Former Graduate Student, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Antonio, Texas
  • Sonia Muniz, OTR, is Former Graduate Student, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Antonio, Texas
  • Mary Ann Vollmer, OTR, is Former Graduate Student, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Department of Occupational Therapy, San Antonio, Texas
Article Information
Hand and Upper Extremity / Education of OTs and OTAs / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Departments / Brief Report
Brief Report   |   September 2003
Adult Norms for a Commercially Available Nine Hole Peg Test for Finger Dexterity
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2003, Vol. 57, 570-573. doi:10.5014/ajot.57.5.570
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September/October 2003, Vol. 57, 570-573. doi:10.5014/ajot.57.5.570
Abstract

The Nine Hole Peg Test is commonly used by occupational therapists as a simple, quick assessment for finger dexterity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the interrater and test–retest reliability of the commercially available Smith & Nephew Rehabilitation Division version of the Nine Hole Peg Test, and to establish new adult norms for the Nine Hole Peg Test for finger dexterity utilizing this particular version. Two of the researchers established interrater and test–retest reliability by evaluating 25 occupational therapy student volunteers. Seven hundred and three subjects, ranging in age from 21 to 71+ years, were tested to establish norms, using the standard protocol. Results showed high interrater reliability and only moderate test–retest reliability. Scores obtained by using the commercially available version were not statistically different from previously published norms (Mathiowetz, Weber, Kashman, & Volland, 1985). This study supports the original norms and further assists occupational therapists to evaluate dexterity accurately.