Lying in a hospital bed affects grip and pinch strength and 'openability' of food and beverage packaging

10 October 2013

Researchers at the University of Wollongong in Australia found that there is a significant decrease in pinch strength scores in the lying position compared to the seated posture. To successfully open a number of the food and beverage items, pinch strength was a critical factor. Design of hospital food and beverage packaging must consider the ability of the end user.
An article about the research was published in the Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.
Click here for an abstract of the article (54 kB).

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