Dual-task performance involving hand dexterity and cognitive tasks and daily functioning in people with schizophrenia: a pilot study

Keh chung Lin, Yi fang Wu, I. chen Chen, Pei luen Tsai, Ching yi Wu, Chia ling Chen

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Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study investigated separate and concurrent performance on cognitive and hand dexterity tasks and the relationship to daily functioning in 16 people with schizophrenia and 16 healthy control participants.

METHOD: Participants performed the Purdue Pegboard Test and the Serial Seven Subtraction Test under single- and dual-task conditions and completed two daily functioning evaluations.

RESULTS: The hand dexterity of all participants declined in the dual-task condition, but the discrepancy between single-task and dual-task hand dexterity was greater in the schizophrenia group than in the control group (p<.03, d>.70, for all). The extent of discrepancy in hand dexterity was negatively correlated with daily functioning in the schizophrenia group (rs=-.3 to -.5, ps=.04-.26).

CONCLUSION: Ability to perform dual tasks may be an indicator of daily functioning in people with schizophrenia. Use of dual-task training may be considered as a therapeutic activity with these clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)p1-p7
JournalThe American journal of occupational therapy : official publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Volume69
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 May 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Occupational Therapy

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