- Designed to measure grips that are needed for certain ADLs such as eating, driving, personal hygiene, and writing.
- Includes subtests that represent common handgrips (volar, transverse volar, spherical volar and pinch positions – pulp, lateral, tripod, and the five finger) and activities (using a key; picking up coins from a flat surface; writing with a pen; using a phone; and pouring water from a jug).
- The Sollerman (unlike the Jebsen Hand Function Test) considers the quality and level of difficulty with the performance which are important components with respect to hand function.
- The test was designed with tetraplegic patients in mind and therefore reflects the needs of this group.
Activity ▶ Mobility
- Clinician-administered standardized performance test.
- A test box is placed in front of the patients who are required to start each subtask in a seated position (but they may stand to complete a task). Three subtasks are completed using the hands bilaterally while the rest are completed with each hand separately. The subtests are timed and the performance is observed.
- Ex. Pick up key, put into Yale-lock and turn 900.
- Administration time is usually 20-25 minutes.
Number of Items
- Yale-lock with bolts mounted on a vertical wall 30 cm above bottom level.
- 4 coins of different size
- Two purses mounted on a wall (20 cm above bottom level) w/ zips of different size
- 2 wooden blocks (size 7.5 and 10 cm)
- Box (5cm edges)
- Iron weight (3 kg)
- 2 screws with nuts (1 with spring resistance, the other without resistance)
- Screwdriver with handle (2.5 cm diameter)
- 4 bolts of different size
- 4 nuts
- 2 jars (lid size 7.5 and 10cm diameter)
- 4 buttons with different button-hole sizes on pieces of cloth mounted on a plate.
- lump of Play-doh
- 2 TubiGrip stockings of different sizes
- Paper (A4 size)
- Envelope (C6 size)
- 2 paper clips of different size
- empty water jug (1 litre) with handle
- Scoring takes into account the time taken, level of difficulty displayed, and the quality of performance using the correct pinch or grip position.
- Patients are then scored on a 5-point scale from 0 (task cannot be performed at all) to 4 (task is completed without any difficulty within the time frame (20 seconds) and with the prescribed hand-grip of normal quality).
- Scoring the test can be challenging as the assessor must be aware of multiple factors occurring simultaneously (passage of time, difficulty, correct positioning and quality of performance).
- Definitions for interpreting the scoring scheme are not inherently obvious.
- A total sum score (0-80) is created by adding up the scores from the different subtests.
No formal training required. However, knowledge of hand function is an asset when scoring.
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# of studies reporting psychometric properties: 2
Inter-rater reliability is high (r=0.98).
(Sollerman & Ejeskar 1995; Fattal 2004)
Correlation of the Sollerman Hand Function test is high with:
- the International Classification for Surgery of the Hand in Tetraplegia (Pearson’s r=0.88)
- the Motor Capacities Scale (Spearman’s r = 0.959).
(Sollerman & Ejeskar 1995; Fattal 2004)
No values have been reported at this time for the responsiveness of the Sollerman hand Function Test.
No values were reported for the presence of floor/ceiling effects in the Sollerman Hand Function Test for the SCI population.
MCID: not established in SCI
SEM: not established in SCI, but for a sample of patients with burned hands (N=12 (21 hands), mean (SD) age: 45.1 (13.3) yrs, 7M/5F, mean (SD) time since injury: 13.3 (6.9) months):
(Weng, L. Y., Hsieh, C. L., et al. 2010: “Excellent reliability of the Sollerman hand function test for patients with burned hands.” J Burn Care Res 31(6): 904-910)
MDC: not established in SCI, but for a sample of patients with burned hands (N=12 (21 hands), mean (SD) age: 45.1 (13.3) yrs, 7M/5F, mean (SD) time since injury: 13.3 (6.9) months):
(Weng, L. Y., Hsieh, C. L., et al. (2010): “Excellent reliability of the Sollerman hand function test for patients with burned hands.” J Burn Care Res 31(6): 904-910)
- Higher scores reflect a better performance.
- Subjects with no hand function impairment typically score 80 with the dominant hand and 77-79 for the non-dominant hand.
- No meaningful cut points or norms have been established for the SCI population
Dr. Janice Eng, Marzena Zhou
Date Last Updated
July 24, 2020
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