Finger Dexterity

Last updated: May 26, 2019

What Does Finger Dexterity Mean?

Finger dexterity is the measure of a person's ability to handle small objects or to manipulate controls using their fingers. Finger dexterity evaluates the capability of the muscles in the hand as well as the person's fine motor skills for the purpose of performing tasks that involve placing, turning, and picking up of objects. It may be a concern of ergonomic planning for work stations and job tasks, part of testing prior to employment for certain jobs, and it may be part of rehabilitation after injury or illness.


WorkplaceTesting Explains Finger Dexterity

Finger dexterity is an important skill for people whose jobs require co-ordination and assembly tasks to be carried out. It is also useful in measuring the effect that the use of protective gear, such as gloves, may have on performing these tasks. There are several tests that can be conducted to assess finger dexterity such as the Perdue Pegboard Test, the Complete Minnesota Dexterity Test and the Epic Hand Function Test. These tests may be used by potential employers to evaluate a person's suitability for a job involving manual labor tasks such as in an assembly line of a factory. Finger dexterity may also be measured by occupational therapists in aiding and assessing rehabilitation efforts.


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