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The use of Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Questionnaire in rehabilitation after acute traumatic hand injuries



The use of Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Questionnaire in rehabilitation after acute traumatic hand injuries



Journal of Hand Therapy 20(1): 49-55; Quiz 56



This longitudinal observational prospective study evaluates the use of a self-reported measure Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand (DASH) in assessing traumatic hand injury patients. A total of 146 subjects were invited to fill out a validated questionnaire (DASH) during their first consultation and at discharge from therapy. The findings revealed a significant improvement in DASH scores upon discharge from therapy. The use of Quick DASH, an 11-question shortened version of the full 30-question DASH, also generated similar results with the psychometric properties maintained. Despite the low correlation between DASH and the therapists' measures of recovery of power grip, the results of this study confirmed the effectiveness of using the DASH in assessing traumatic hand injury patients. Clinical implications suggest that the DASH can be used to assess the improvement in the functional status of traumatic hand injury subjects, as well as to enhance therapists' understanding of the subjects' perspective regarding their disability, and to assist in effective treatment planning. Further study on the application of the Quick DASH in larger population, and its association with functional status is suggested.

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Accession: 050753165

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PMID: 17254908

DOI: 10.1197/j.jht.2006.10.004


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