Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan

Winnie Dunn, James W Griffith, Dory Sabata, Mary T. Morrison, Joy C. MacDermid, Amy Darragh, Roseann Schaaf, Brian Dudgeon, Lisa Tabor Connor, Leeanne Carey, Jennifer Tanquary

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OBJECTIVE. The study aim was to determine natural variability in somatosensation across age groups using brief measures. We validated measures in a community-dwelling population as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Toolbox for Assessment of Neurological and Behavioral Function (NIH Toolbox; http://www.nihtoolbox.org). METHOD. Participants included community-dwelling children and adults (N = 367, ages 3-85 yr) across seven sites. We tested haptic recognition, touch detection-discrimination, and proprioception using brief affordable measures as required by the NIH Toolbox. RESULTS. Accuracy improved from young children to young adults; from young to older adults, the pattern reversed slightly. We found significant differences between adults and older adults. One proprioception test (kinesthesia; p =.003) showed gender differences (females more accurate). We provide expected score ranges for age groups as a basis for understanding age-related expectations for somatosensory perception. CONCLUSION. The age-related patterns of somatosensory perception from this study refine decision making about performance.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)6903290020
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2015

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Independent Living
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Age Groups
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Young Adult
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Dunn, W., Griffith, J. W., Sabata, D., Morrison, M. T., MacDermid, J. C., Darragh, A., ... Tanquary, J. (2015). Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 69(3), 6903290020. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.014845
Dunn, Winnie ; Griffith, James W ; Sabata, Dory ; Morrison, Mary T. ; MacDermid, Joy C. ; Darragh, Amy ; Schaaf, Roseann ; Dudgeon, Brian ; Connor, Lisa Tabor ; Carey, Leeanne ; Tanquary, Jennifer. / Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan. In: American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2015 ; Vol. 69, No. 3. pp. 6903290020.
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Dunn, W, Griffith, JW, Sabata, D, Morrison, MT, MacDermid, JC, Darragh, A, Schaaf, R, Dudgeon, B, Connor, LT, Carey, L & Tanquary, J 2015, 'Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan', American Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 69, no. 3, pp. 6903290020. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.014845

Measuring change in somatosensation across the lifespan. / Dunn, Winnie; Griffith, James W; Sabata, Dory; Morrison, Mary T.; MacDermid, Joy C.; Darragh, Amy; Schaaf, Roseann; Dudgeon, Brian; Connor, Lisa Tabor; Carey, Leeanne; Tanquary, Jennifer.

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