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The Pollexograph: a new device for palmar abduction measurements of the thumb.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19278827     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
STUDY DESIGN: Clinical measurement, cross sectional. PURPOSE: To introduce a new measurement device, the Pollexograph, to easily measure palmar thumb abduction, and to compare its reliability with conventional goniometry. METHODS: Fourteen hand therapists measured palmar abduction of the same healthy subject with the Pollexograph and a conventional goniometer. In addition, intrarater reliability of the Pollexograph was studied in 21 patients with a hypoplastic thumb. RESULTS: Variance between measurements of the same subject measured by the hand therapist was 2-6 times smaller with the Pollexograph compared to conventional goniometry. Pollexograph intrarater reliability in hypoplastic thumb patients was excellent (intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC)=0.98-0.99). CONCLUSIONS: A new tool to measure palmar abduction in clinical care, the Pollexograph, has been introduced. The Pollexograph reduces variability between raters when measuring the same subject compared with conventional goniometry and excellent measurement reliability in hypoplastic thumb patients. LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Not applicable.
Authors:
M de Kraker; R W Selles; T A R Schreuders; S E R Hovius; H J Stam
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Evaluation Studies; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2009-03-10
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of hand therapy : official journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists     Volume:  22     ISSN:  0894-1130     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Ther     Publication Date:    2009 Jul-Sep
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-07-20     Completed Date:  2009-09-29     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8806591     Medline TA:  J Hand Ther     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  271-6; quiz 277     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands. m.dekraker@erasmusmc.nl
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Adult
Arthrometry, Articular / instrumentation*
Cross-Sectional Studies
Female
Finger Joint / physiology*
Humans
Range of Motion, Articular / physiology*
Reproducibility of Results
Thumb / physiology*

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