Roger O. Smith, Margie Wadlington Benge; Pinch and Grasp Strength: Standardization of Terminology and Protocol. Am J Occup Ther 1985;39(8):531-535. doi: 10.5014/ajot.39.8.531.
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We implemented a tridirectional survey to begin the standardization process for grasp and pinch terminology and protocols for testing and to improve the communication between rehabilitation professionals who assess hand strength. We surveyed the literature, occupational therapy clinics across the country, and occupational therapy educational programs. Our results reveal the current use, teachings, and recommendations of pinch and grasp strength measurement. The results confirm that the standardization of grasp and pinch terminology and protocols for testing are vitally needed. Specific recommendations to continue this standardization process are recommended.
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