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An OT is evaluating an adult patient who is diagnosed with focal hand dystonia of the dominant hand. Symptoms interfere with the client’s employment as a professional chemist. What information would be MOST IMPORTANT for the OT to gather prior to establishing an intervention plan?
A) Amount of assistance the patient needs during morning grooming routine
B) Difference of grip and pinch strength among both hands
C) Functional movement patterns and common activities used at work
D) Neurological testing and sensory loss

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Answer: C. Focal hand dystonia is a neurological condition that causes the fingers to involuntarily flex or extend. Since the patient’s primary limitation is related to his job as a chemist, the OT will need information regarding the specific movement patterns the patient uses at work as a chemist before the OT is able to establish a treatment plan to address symptoms that affect those movements.

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