Dexterity testing as a predictor of oral care ability.

  title={Dexterity testing as a predictor of oral care ability.},
  author={R S Felder and Kelly M James and Carl C. Brown and Stephen Lemon and Marjorie Reveal},
  journal={Journal of the American Geriatrics Society},
  volume={42 10},
OBJECTIVE To examine a spectrum of elderly people to determine if hand function/dexterity measures can predict oral care ability. DESIGN A series of dental, hand function, and dexterity measures were assessed by blinded examiners. Plaque scores were used as the criterion standard to assess plaque removal ability. PATIENTS A convenience sample of 52, predominately male, elderly patients were recruited from the patient population of the Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center and a community… CONTINUE READING