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Evaluation of Hand Assessments in Children With Severe Hand Burns

This study has been terminated.
(This was a pilot study, but the larger study was not funded.)
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mary Jo Baryza, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: August 9, 2006
Last updated: February 29, 2012
Last verified: February 2012
This study is designed to see if some tests of hand movement, strength, and function are valid for children with burns.

Condition Intervention
Burns Behavioral: Functional hand tests

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Diagnostic
Official Title: Evaluation of Hand Assessments in Children With Severe Hand Burns

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Further study details as provided by Mary Jo Baryza, Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Blocks & Box (Standardized Test). [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
    Children are asked to move as many blocks as possible from one box to another in one minute. The number of blocks moved is the score.

  • Range of Motion, Total Active Motion (TAM) [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
    Subjects' degrees of hand motion are measured by a trained therapist and recorded. Total Active Motion is a measure of finger range of motion that can be used to predict functional movement of the hand. The TAM is the sum of the degrees of active motion of each of the three joints of the fingers, and two joints of the thumb. For this study we also included wrist motion. Full TAM is 1,455 degrees of motion.

  • Grip Strength [ Time Frame: Baseline ]
    This is a measure of grip strength in pounds using a dynamometer. The subject squeezes the dynamometer as hard as possible for three trials separated by a short rest. The mean of the three trials is the score.

  • Moberg Pickup Test [ Time Frame: Seconds to pick up all 12 objects ]
    The child picks up 12 small objects such as a coin, safety pin and paper clip one at a time and puts them in a container. The time in seconds to complete the task is the score.

Enrollment: 3
Study Start Date: August 2006
Study Completion Date: August 2011
Primary Completion Date: August 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: All study participants
Children with hand burns
Behavioral: Functional hand tests
Chilren were tested after healed hand burns for functional ability.

Detailed Description:

Children will be given a battery of tests to determine the validity of these measures for children with severe hand burns. The tests include:

  • Pinch and grip strength;
  • Stereognosis;
  • Speed of manipulation using the Nine Hole Peg Test, Box & Blocks Test, and the Moberg Pickup Test;
  • Measurement of Range of Motion of the wrist and fingers.

Ages Eligible for Study:   5 Years to 18 Years   (Child, Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Third degree brns to one or both hands
  • All areas closed
  • Age between 5 and 18 years old
  • English or Spanish speaking

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Previous hand condition
  • Unable to follow 2 step directions
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00363675

United States, Massachusetts
Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Shriners Hospitals for Children
Principal Investigator: Mary Jo Baryza, MS, PT, PCS Shriners Hospitals for Children - Boston
  More Information

Responsible Party: Mary Jo Baryza, Director of Therapeutic Services, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00363675     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006-P000388/3
Study First Received: August 9, 2006
Results First Received: February 29, 2012
Last Updated: February 29, 2012

Keywords provided by Mary Jo Baryza, Massachusetts General Hospital:
Hand Burns

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on September 20, 2017