Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Jebsen-Taylor Hand Function Test

  • Michelle Marie Tipton-Burton
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_1946-2



The Jebsen-Taylor function test was designed to provide a short, objective test of hand functions commonly used in activities of daily living (ADL). The target patient population includes adults with neurological or musculoskeletal conditions involving hand disabilities although there may be other patient populations with hand dysfunction may be appropriate. The test was developed to be used by health professionals working in restoration of hand function. It consists of seven items that include a range of fine motor, weighted and non-weighted hand function activities which are timed: writing (copying) a 24-letter sentence, turning over a 3 × 5″ card, picking up small common objects such as a coin and bottle-cap, simulated feeding using a teaspoon and five kidney beans, stacking checkers, picking up large light objects such as an empty tin can, and picking up and moving large weighted cans. The results are measured objectively using a stop watch. This...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Physical Medicine and RehabilitationSanta Clara Valley Medical CenterSan JoseUSA