Case studies to demonstrate the range of applications of the Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure

Peter J. Kyberd*, Alessio Murgia, Mark Gasson, Tristan Tjerks, Cheryl Metcalf, Paul H. Chappell, Kevin Warwick, Sian E. M. Lawson, Tom Barnhill

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The Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure (SHAP) was devised to assess quantitatively the functional range of injured and healthy adult hands. It was designed to be a practical tool for use in a busy clinical setting; thus, it was made simple to use and easy to interpret. This paper describes four examples of its use: before and after a surgical procedure, to observe the impact of an injury, use with prostheses, and during recovery following a fracture. The cases show that the SHAP is capable of monitoring progress and recovery, identifying functional abilities in prosthetic hands and comparing the capabilities of different groups of injuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)212-218
Number of pages7
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May-2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Hand
  • functional assessment
  • prosthetics
  • function
  • compensatory motion
  • motion analysis
  • implant

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