ABILHAND - Presentation

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  1. The place of manual ability according to the ICF classification
  2. Development of the ABILHAND scale using the Rasch measurement model
  3. Synopsis

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The place of manual ability according to the ICF classification

Manual ability, as measured by ABILHAND and ABILHAND-Kids, is defined as the capacity to manage daily activities that require the use of the upper limbs, whatever the strategies involved (Penta et al. 1998, 2001, Arnould et al. 2004). It refers to the Activity domain of the ICF.

See the page on the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.

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Development of the ABILHAND scale using the Rasch measurement model

The ABILHAND questionnaire assesses manual ability as an interview-based test focused on patient's perceived difficulty.

The questionnaire was developed using the Rasch measurement model which provides a method to convert the ordinal raw scores into a linear measure located on a unidimensional scale.

ABILHAND has been validated in chronic stroke patients (Penta et al. 2001), in rheumatoid arthritis patients (Durez et al. 2007) and in systemic sclerosis patients (Vanthuyne et al, in press).

Originally developed in French, ABILHAND has been translated into various languages. ABILHAND specific to chronic stroke patients and ABILHAND specific to rheumatoid arthritis patients are currently available in English, French, Dutch, Italian and Swedish. See the downloads section.

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Synopsis

ABILHAND in chronic stroke patients

ABILHAND in rheumatois arthritis patients

ABILHAND in systemic sclerosis patients

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