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Research Article  |   August 1985
Pinch and Grasp Strength: Standardization of Terminology and Protocol
Author Affiliations
  • Roger O. Smith, MOT, OTR, is a lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the time of the study, he was Supervisor, Occupational Therapy Department, and Margie Wadlington Benge, OTR, was a staff therapist; both at Salem Hospital, Salem, OR. Benge recently relocated to Dayton, OH
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Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   August 1985
Pinch and Grasp Strength: Standardization of Terminology and Protocol
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1985, Vol. 39, 531-535. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.8.531
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 1985, Vol. 39, 531-535. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.8.531
Abstract

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.