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The Manual Ability Measure

An occupation-based assessment of hand function.

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Below is Christine Chen's occupation-based, 20-question MAM hand assessment, as described in the cover story of the July 18, 2011, ADVANCE for Occupational Therapy Practitioners print edition. The author strongly urges clinicians not to just add up the ratings but use a Rasch-derived MAM measure which can be found in a conversion table (from raw sum scores to the MAM measures). The MAM measure is an interval measure calibrated by the Rasch computer software; it ranges from 0 (no ability) to 100 (high ability). The conversion table for the MAM-20 can be obtained from the author at ccc2114@columbia.edu.


The Manual Ability Measure-20

Patient ________________________________________ Today's Date: _____________

Gender _______ Age ______ Diagnosis _____________________________________   

Indicate if this is initial, follow-up or discharge assessment _______________________

Any surgery done to the hand(s)?  Yes / No       (Circle one)

If so, date ________________

Dominant Hand: Right / Left / Both / Don't know   (Circle one)

Affected Hand:  Right / Left / Both / Don't know   (Circle one)

Please put a number to indicate how easy or how hard it is for you to do the following tasks.

4

3

2

1

NA

Easy

A little hard

Very hard

I can't do

Not applicable


3=A little hard:
Takes longer, more effort, or pain / discomfort.

2=Very hard: Others do the task for me unless no one is around.

NA= I almost never do the task even before I had my hand condition.

 

Choose only ONE number, definitions see above

(       )

 1. wring a towel

(       )

 2. open a medicine bottle with a child proof cap/top

(       )

 3. cut nails with a nail clipper

(       )

 4. open a wide-mouth bottle previously opened

(       )

 5. cut meat on a plate

(       )

 6. tie shoes with laces

(       )

 7. button clothes (medium sized buttons)

(       )

 8. pick up a ½ full water pitcher

(       )

 9. zip jacket

(       )

10. write 3-4 lines legibly

(       )

11. turn key (to open a door)

(       )

12. take things/cards out of a wallet

(       )

13. squeeze toothpaste onto a toothbrush

(       )

14. handle/count money (bills and coins)

(       )

15. brush or comb hair

(       )

16. wash hands

(       )

17. use spoon or fork

(       )

18. brush teeth

(       )

19. dial or key in telephone numbers

(       )

20. use hand(s) to eat a sandwich


 

If you are interested in the conversion table, you may contact the author at ccc2114@columbia.edu. Thank you.

Danielle Bullen ADVANCEMay 20, 2014
King of Prussia, PA



I would like a copy of this assessment please, along with the conversion table. Thanks.




Katie  Gillespie,  Clinical Specialist,  Evergreen REhabMay 20, 2014
Louisville, KY



I would like a copy of this assessment please, along with the conversion table. Thanks.

Cheryl Kingsbury,  OTR,  Havasu Nursing CenterMay 09, 2014
Lake Havasu City, AZ



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