Abstract

An instrument was developed to measure the effects of a desensitization program on hand hypersensitivity. It was standardized with 40 “normal” subjects ages 20 to 40 of both sexes and two ethnic groups. Results showed reliability coefficients ranging from .74 to .82 for the three modalities employed in the test. Analyses of variance of agreement between test and retest scores revealed no significant differences in reliability due to hand used, sex, or ethnicity. It was concluded that the instrument could be used as both a clinical and research tool for the measurement of hand sensitivity.

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