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## Hand assessment

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The assessment of natural or artificial hand function is wide reaching. Any procedure should satisfy a set of main criteria; reliability (inter-rater), standardised equipment, validated, portable and standardised metrics. All of these criteria are encompassed in the SHAP. The movement of an abstract test object or the manipulation of an everyday object used in ADL requires coordination of the neuromuscular system and can be related back to the time taken to carry out the task. The underlying physics and control of a moving object can provide evidence and give clues as to the way that the assessment is performed by a person. Making a smaller version of SHAP for the assessment of children requires careful consideration of materials especially for the design of the lightweight abstract test objects.

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• 5.1 Introduction
• 5.1.1 How can the function of a hand design be assessed?
• 5.2 The Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure
• 5.2.1 Prehensile patterns
• 5.3 Procedure
• 5.4 Calculations
• 5.5 Manufacture
• 5.6 Standardisation
• 5.7 Reliability and validity
• 5.8 Physical process
• 5.9 Small SHAP
• 5.10 Summary
• References

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