Instructional Concurrent Session V
Hand Therapy Research: We Got This!
This 2 hour session will explore how hand therapy practitioners can pragmatically support clinical research (i.e., in a manner that will not interfere with productivity demands) and how to connect to local researchers to support them in doing such. In this session, we will explore: the importance of conveying the unique value of hand therapy through research outcomes, how to frame a research question and work with hand therapy researchers to answer it, things to consider when delivering and measuring the impact of hand therapy interventions, and examples of different ways we are doing this locally. Practicing hand therapists can help contribute to our science and help to make known the impact and the unique value of our profession! Hand therapy researchers have the tools to help make this happen! We got this!
- Appreciate the need and impact of studying our outcomes
- Possess the resources necessary to outreach to local, regional, and national hand therapy researchers to support you in answering your question in a way that affords the greatest confidence and application of your findings
- Understand the importance of using outcome measures with good psychometrics
- Appreciate the importance of standardized selection and reporting of outcomes and protocolization of intervention approach
- Be empowered to pursue answering and seek support to answer practice questions
Sports and Athletes: Advances in Innovative Rehabilitation
All types of athletic patients enter our therapy clinics, including weekend warriors, hobbyists and elite enthusiasts. Even self-proclaimed non-athletes have a competitive nature to them. A ‘sports-oriented’ treatment approach, including psychological consideration, will be presented for upper extremity injuries in athletes of all abilities. The innovative and competitive Arm Olympics will be explained in detail, as well as the latest Jr. Arm Olympics will be unveiled. At the end of the presentation, the audience will have numerous innovative treatment ideas for designing graded exercise programs while systematically advancing rehabilitation for all types of athletes. (Instructional level: Advanced)
- Discuss the relevance of occupation-based intervention for athletic patients
- Describe psychological informed practice and how the concepts apply to the treatment of all patients
- Describe innovative treatment ideas for advancing rehabilitation in all different types of athletes
Talk to The Hand Provider: Inter-Provider Communication Strategies for Maximizing Patient Outcomes
There are multiple modes of communication used in today’s healthcare environment, yet communication among providers has devolved, resulting in substandard outcomes and less satisfied patients. Despite the evidence that the odds of patient adherence are 2 times higher with effective communication, the demands of healthcare have made it more challenging for inter-provider collaboration. This instructional course will focus on evidence-based strategies designed to improve interpersonal communication between the hand therapist and the referring provider. Best practices and recommendations that result in improved patient outcomes, increased referrals, and overall satisfaction for both the patient and the clinician will be reviewed. The course is for therapists of all levels.
- Discuss optimal use of HIPPA compliant electronic devices as a mode of communication for improved patient outcomes
- Review evidence-based strategies for better interpersonal communication between healthcare providers
- Identify the challenges and discuss solutions for maximal communication and connection to enhance client centered care
Treatment Alternatives for Dupuytren’s Contracture
Dupuytren’s Contracture remains one of the most challenging problems for the Hand Surgeon and Hand Therapist. This instructional course will present an overview of surgical and non-surgical management options including fasciectomy, open fasciotomy, percutaneous needle aponeurotomy and collagenase injection. Guidelines and rationale for post-operative rehabilitation will be discussed including the no-tension approach to management following surgery and the role of orthotic intervention after contracture release. A rehabilitation protocol designed for the severe PIPJ contracture following collagenase injection will be presented along with both short term and long term outcomes.
- Participants will acquire knowledge of the current surgical and non-surgical treatment options for Dupuytren’s Contracture
- Participants will be able to explain the rationale for the no-tension approach to postoperative management following surgery for Dupuytren’s contracture
- Participants will be able to describe the protocol for orthotic intervention and therapy following collagenase injection for severe PIPJ Dupuytren’s contracture