Evaluation of the Jebson hand function test for use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

Authors

  • Siraj Sharma MS,

    Corresponding author
    1. OTR/L, is a clinical specialist at the Arthritis-Immunology Center and Rehabilitation Medicine Service, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (151K), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • OTR/L, Arthritis-Immunology Center and Rehabilitation Medicine Service, Department of Veterans Affairs, Medical Center (151K), Philadelphia, PA 19104
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  • H. Ralph Schumacher Jr. MD,

    Professor
    1. Department of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, and Director of the Arthritis-Immunology Center, Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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  • A. Thomas McLellan PhD

    Professor
    1. Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania and Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Abstract

Purpose. We have evaluated the Jebson hand function (JHF) test for use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

Methods. The JHF test was administered to 25 patients with RA. Results were compared to normative data and related to ability to perform activities of daily living (ADL), pain, and deformity.

Results. The JHF test detects differences between patients with RA and normals; all components except for writing show correlations with ADL and deformity. There were no significant correlations with pain.

Conclusions. The JHF test is a useful adjunct to evaluation of the hand in RA.

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