WorkAbility Rate of Manipulation Test

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WorkAbility Rate of Manipulation Test


WorkAbility Rate of Manipulation Test (WRMT) offers a compact mini-board design and simplified protocols for turning and placing tests to improve its practical utility as tool for assessment of hand dexterity and posture tolerance during therapy or fitness applications. Performance during turning or placing sub-tests is timed separately for the right and left hands to objectively assess for performance differences. WRMT contains two mini-boards & 20 cylinders.

Standard Price: $195

Innovation at Work

The original Minnesota Rate of Manipulation Test (MRMT) was developed in the 1930s and is no longer manufactured. In 1991, Lafayette Instrument Company introduced a similar test called the Minnesota Manual Dexterity Test (MMDT) that used identical test methods with different boards and cylinders dimensions. A review of tests for physical fitness assessments of older people by Hilgenkamp et al. reported that the complexity of MMDT instructions may limit its utility as a fitness test for older persons that have lower cognition.


The WRMT is an adaptation of the Minnesota Manual Dexterity Test (MMDT) that was designed by Dr. Rick Wickstrom (Physical Therapist) to improve dexterity testing of persons with physical and cognitive disabilities. Wang et. al. (2017) compared WRMT with MMDT to report utility, reliability, and validity for its 20-cylinder protocol. WRMT delivers a number of practical advantages for clinicians – simplified protocols, faster assessments, and flexibility to assess right vs. left hand dexterity in varied work postures.