Adult norms for a commercially available nine hole peg test for finger dexterity

Kimatha Oxford Grice, Kimberly A. Vogel, Viet Le, Ana Mitchell, Sonia Muniz, Mary Ann Vollmer

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The Nine Hole Peg Test is commonly used by occupational therapists as a simple, quick assessment for finger dexterity. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the interrater and test-retest reliability of the commercially available Smith & Nephew Rehabilitation Division version of the Nine Hole Peg Test, and to establish new adult norms for the Nine Hole Peg Test for finger dexterity utilizing this particular version. Two of the researchers established interrater and test-retest reliability by evaluating 25 occupational therapy student volunteers. Seven hundred and three subjects, ranging in age from 21 to 71+years, were tested to establish norms, using the standard protocol. Results showed high interrater reliability and only moderate test-retest reliability. Scores obtained by using the commercially available version were not statistically different from previously published norms (Mathiowetz, Weber, Kashman, & Volland, 1985). This study supports the original norms and further assists occupational therapists to evaluate dexterity accurately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)570-573
Number of pages4
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number5
StatePublished - 2003


  • Assessment
  • Fine motor coordination
  • Hand function

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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