The Relationship Between Upper Extremity Strength and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Performance Among Elderly WomenBy McGee, Corey W.; Mathiowetz, Virgil; Occupation, Participation and Health, Vol. 23, No. 4, pp. 143-154
Publication Date: Fall 2003
Study conducted to assess the relationship between upper extremity strength and the ability to perform instrumental activities of daily living independently and to explore how therapists might interpret the results of upper extremity strength evaluations among elderly women. Participants in the study included 29 women ages 68 to 84 who resided in assisted living facilities. The J-Tech PowerTrack II hand-held dynamometer from J-Tech Medical Industries was used to assess the shoulder abductors and external rotators and the elbow flexors and extensors. The Jamar Dynamometer was used to assess the grip strength of the dominant hand. The authors concluded that positive screening results for shoulder weakness or upper extremity strength below norms could warrant in-depth assessment of instrumental activities of daily living. In addition, self-reported limitation in activities of daily living could support the need for assessment of upper extremity strength.
Assistive Products Discussed: JAMAR DYNAMOMETER (MODEL BK7498)
Published by: Slack, Incorporated (Website:http://www.slackinc.com/default.asp)
American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc. (AOTA) (Web Site: http://www.aota.org )
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J46453