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Indian Journal of Clinical Anatomy and Physiology

Exploring the anatomical dimensions of hand and its correlation with height – An observational study in context of Indian population

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Author Details : Aparna Joshi, Ganesh Khemnar*, Medha Puranik

Volume : 7, Issue : 1, Year : 2020

Article Page : 19-22

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Introduction: An inclusive study of relationship between lengths of hand and its correlation to height of
person provides valuable help in generating biometric database. Limited research exists on morphometric
assessment of hand dimensions in Indian population. The objective of the current study was to frame the
morphometric database of hand measurements in context of its clinical implications. The generated data
can be used in various anthropological studies.
Material and Methods: A Cross-sectional Indian population-based study was carried out among 500 male
and female healthy students after excluding past history of trauma or illness after taking written, informed
consent. Hand dimensions were measured by ‘Rod Compass’. The data was processed and analysed in
SPSS Version 20 (SPSS Inc., Chicago, IL, USA). Two tailed ‘p’ value of 0.05 was taken as statistically
significant. Appropriate statistical tests of significance, correlation coefficients, and multiple regression
correlations were computed to evaluate statistical differences.
Results: The mean hand length in the females was lower as compared to males who had significantly higher
mean hand length in all age groups. The difference was found to be statistically significant (p<0> study revealed positive relationship between hand length and height.
Conclusions: Hand dimensions provide good reliability in estimation of stature. This biometric data can
be successfully utilized in management of various health ailments.

Keywords: Anthropometry, Hand length, Height, Indian population.


Doi : 10.18231/j.ijcap.2020.005

How to cite : Joshi A , Khemnar G, Puranik M, Exploring the anatomical dimensions of hand and its correlation with height – An observational study in context of Indian population. Indian J Clin Anat Physiol 2020;7(1):19-22

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