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Title: "Around the global hand table": Hand surgeon and therapist perspectives on overcoming barriers to relative motion orthotic intervention in the management of zones V-VI finger extensor tendon repairs.
Austin Authors: Howell, Julianne W;Hirth, Melissa J 
Affiliation: Self-employed hand and upper extremity therapy consultant, Saint Joseph, MI, USA.
Occupational Therapy
Malvern Hand Therapy, Malvern, Victoria, Australia.
Issue Date: 8-Apr-2023 2023
Publication information: Journal of Hand Therapy:Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists 2023
Abstract: An international survey of therapists cited 2 barriers (physician preference and departmental policy) to the implementation of a relative motion extension (RME) orthosis/early active motion (EAM) approach. e-survey PURPOSE: To glean insight from hand surgeons and hand therapists regarding their awareness and experiences in implementing or not implementing an RME orthosis/EAM approach for management of finger zones V-VI extensor tendon repairs. Two e-surveys, one to hand surgeons and the other to hand therapists were distributed. Participants were asked 8-open ended questions with the opportunity for additional comment. Nine of 11 surgeons and 10 of 11 therapists (clinicians/educators/administrators) who were surveyed, participated. All respondents from 7 countries were aware of the RME/EAM approach, with only 1 surgeon and 2 therapists not implementing. Surgeons once aware, quickly implement; therapists in this survey implemented about 2.5 years after learning of the approach. Surgeon use was influenced more by their peers than the evidence while therapist knowledge came from professional meetings. Therapists teaching at university-level and continuing education integrate the approach. Although the RME orthosis/EAM approach has been around for 4 decades, awareness for the hand surgeons and therapists surveyed has only been over the past 20 years. Surveyed surgeons like to visualize how the RME concept works and therapists depend more on the evidence. To overcome barriers to RME/EAM implementation, several strategies are outlined. Although a small survey, valuable comments provide insight for addressing the previously cited barriers. Strategies for increasing awareness and fostering implementation of an RME orthosis/EAM approach are offered by international hand surgeons and therapists surveyed regarding the commonly cited barriers of surgeon preference and department procedures.
DOI: 10.1016/j.jht.2023.02.006
Journal: Journal of Hand Therapy : Official Journal of the American Society of Hand Therapists
PubMed URL: 37037729
ISSN: 1545-004X
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Orthotic devices
Relative motion orthosis
Surveys and questionnaires
Tendon injuries
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