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Hand function test goes online

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A test to enable online assessment of hand function has been launched by the University of Southampton.

SHAP (Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure) is a function test comprising 26 activity tasks, such as opening jars, which has now been adapted for the internet.

The new online tool records individuals’ task completion times and issues them with an assessment of their hand function.

Dr Cheryl Metcalf, from the university’s school of health sciences, said: ‘SHAP is providing a modern forum and a much more customer-focused way of approaching hand function assessment.

‘This is the first test that has an interactive online presence which is easy to use and means that people don’t have to study the maths equations, they just enter their times and get their scores,’ she said.

Originally developed to assess the effectiveness of upper limb prostheses, the SHAP has now been applied to assessments of musculoskeletal and neurological impairment, with further trials expected on users of prosthetics in the next year.

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