Evaluation of hand functions in hemodialysis patients

Tander B. , Akpolat T., Durmus D., Canturk F.

RENAL FAILURE, vol.29, no.4, pp.477-480, 2007 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 29 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2007
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/08860220701268167
  • Title of Journal : RENAL FAILURE
  • Page Numbers: pp.477-480


Background and aims. Patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD) have many musculoskeletal abnormalities, including band dysfunction. The Sollerman test evaluates hand grip function in daily activities. The relationships between Sollerman test (dominant hand) with Duruoz's Hand Index (DHI), Health Assessment Questionnaire (HAQ), and Beck Depression Inventory (BDI) tests have not been investigated previously. The aims of this study are to evaluate hand grip function using the Sollerman test in hemodialysis (HD) patients, correlate this test with other measures evaluating hand function or psychosocial status, and investigate factors that can affect Sollerman test. Methods. One-hundred twenty HD patients (64 male, 56 female, mean age 51 +/- 1.4 years, mean duration of HD therapy 5.3 +/- 3.7 years) were included in this study. The HAQ, DHI, and BDI scores were determined by standard techniques. All patients underwent the Jamar grip test and Sollerman test for the dominant (D) and non-dominant hand (ND). Results. We found a positive correlation between Sollerman test (dominant hand) with Sollerman test-ND, Jamar-D, and Jamar-ND tests. There were negative correlations between Sollerman test with age, HAQ, BDI, and DHI tests. Conclusions. ne relationships between Sollerman test (dominant hand) with DHI, HAQ, and BDI tests have not been investigated previously. This study showed the correlations between the Sollerman test (dominant hand) and other tests (either positive or negative). Psychosocial problems can affect hand functions.