Penta M; Thonnard J-L; Tesio L


Basic description

  • Published in 1998
  • ABILHAND has been validated in rheumatoid arthritis patients (Penta et al. 1998 and Durez et al. 2007 ; ABILHAND-RA), in chronic stroke patients (Penta et al. 2001 ; ABILHAND-Stroke), in systemic sclerosis patients (Vanthuyne et al. 2009 ; ABILHAND-SS), in patients with neuromuscular disorders (Vandervelde et al. 2010 ; ABILHAND-neuromuscular disorders), and in patients with hand surgery (El Khoury et al. 2020 ; ABILHAND-hand surgery).
  • A kids version has also been developed in 2004 by the same team (ABILHAND-KIDS)

Penta M; Thonnard J-L; Tesio L

ABILHAND © Universite Catholique de Louvain, 1998. All rights reserved.
To measure hand and upper limb (dis)ability
Therapeutic area
  • Skin and Connective Tissue Diseases
  • Musculoskeletal Diseases
  • Immune System Diseases
  • Cardiovascular Diseases
  • Nervous System Diseases
  • Rare disease (Orphanet definition)
  • Wounds and Injuries
Therapeutic indication
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid
  • Stroke
  • Scleroderma, Systemic For more information on this rare disease, please consult the following link: Orphanet page
  • Neuromuscular Diseases
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Radius Fractures
The questionnaire has been developed in Hand surgery including distal radius fracture, basal thumb arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and heavy wrist surgery
Type of Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA)
  • pro PRO
Original language(s)
  • French
Bibliographic reference(s) of the original questionnaire

ABILHAND-Rheumatoid arthritis

Penta, M., Thonnard, J-L., Tesio, L. (1998). “ABILHAND: A Rasch-Built Measure of Manual Ability.” Arch Phys Med Rehabil, 79:1038-1042. (Full Text Article)

Durez, P., Fraselle, V., Houssiau, F., Thonnard, J-L., Nielens, H., Penta, M. (2007). “Validation of the ABILHAND questionnaire as a measure of manual ability in patients with rheumatoid arthritis.” Ann Rheum Dis, 66:1098-1105. (Full Text Article)

Batcho, C.S., Durez, P., & Thonnard, J-L. (2011). “Responsiveness of the abilhand questionnaire in measuring changes in rheumatoid arthritis patients.” Arthritis Care Res, 63:135-141. ((Full Text Article)

ABILHAND-Chronic Stroke

Arnould, C., Zancan, A., Thonnard, J-L. (2001). “The ABILHAND Questionnaire as a Measure of Manual Ability in Chronic Stroke Patients: Rasch-Based Validation and Relationship to Upper Limb Impairment.” Stroke, 32:1627-1634. (Full Text Article)

Simone, A., Rota, V., Tesio, L., & Perucca, L. (2011). “Generic ABILHAND questionnaire can measure manual ability across a variety of motor impairments.” Int J Rehabil Res, 34:131-140. (PubMed Abstract)

ABILHAND-Systemic Sclerosis

Vanthuyne, M., Smith, V., Arat, S., Westhovens, R., De Keyser, F., Houssiau, F., Thonnard, JL., Vandervelde,L.(2009) “Validation of a manual ability questionnaire in patients with systemic sclerosis.” Arthritis Rheum, 61:695-703. (Full Text Article)

ABILHAND-Neuromuscular disorders

Vandervelde, L., Van den Bergh, P., Penta M., Thonnard J-L. (2010). “Validation of the ABILHAND questionnaire to measure manual ability in children and adults with neuromuscular disorders.” J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatr, 81:506-512. (PubMed Abstract)

ABILHAND-Hand surgery

El Khoury G, Barbier O, Libouton X, Thonnard J-L, Lefèvre P, Penta M (2020). "Manual ability in hand surgery patients: validation of the ABILHAND scale in four diagnostic groups". medRxiv,07.02.20144147 (Full Text Article)

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