Functional outcome scores with standard myoelectric prostheses in below-elbow amputees

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  • Stefan Salminger
  • Ivan Vujaklija

  • Agnes Sturma
  • Timothy Hasenoehrl
  • Aidan D. Roche
  • Johannes A. Mayer
  • Laura A. Hruby
  • Oskar C. Aszmann

Research units

  • Medical University of Vienna
  • Imperial College London
  • University of Göttingen
  • University of Applied Sciences FH Campus Wien
  • North Bristol NHS Trust


Objective The aim of the study was to report normative outcome data of prosthetic hand function in below-elbow amputees using four different objective measurements closely related to activities of daily living. Design Seventeen patients who underwent prosthetic fitting after unilateral below-elbow amputation were enrolled in this study. Global upper extremity function was evaluated using the Action Research Arm Test, Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure, the Clothespin-Relocation Test, and the Box and Block Test, which monitor hand and extremity function. Results The patients achieved a mean ± SD Action Research Arm Test score of 35.06 ± 4.42 of 57. The mean ± SD Southampton Hand Assessment Procedure score was 65.12 ± 13.95 points. The mean ± SD time for the Clothespin-Relocation Test was 22.57 ± 7.50 secs, and the mean ± SD score in the Box and Block Test was 20.90 ± 5.74. Conclusions In the current economic situation of health care systems, demonstrating the effectiveness and necessity of rehabilitation interventions is of major importance. This study reports outcome data of below-elbow amputees and provides a useful guide for expected prosthetic user performance.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)125-129
Number of pages5
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2019
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Amputation, Outcome Measurement, Prosthetic Rehabilitation, Upper Limb

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