The longer term functional impact of a traumatic hand injury on people living in a regional metropolitan Australian location

Bell, Joanna, Gray, Marion, and Kingston, Gail (2011) The longer term functional impact of a traumatic hand injury on people living in a regional metropolitan Australian location. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18 (7). pp. 370-381.

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Abstract

Aims: This article describes a study exploring the longer term functional impact of a traumatic hand injury on people residing in a regional metropolitan Australian location.

Methods: A descriptive cross sectional retrospective survey was sent to adult patients who received treatment for a traumatic hand injury from the occupational therapy clinic at a regional Australian hospital, 1–4 years post injury (n = 498). The Upper Extremity Functional Index was included in the survey.

Findings: Over 90% of respondents reported having ongoing residual difficulties. Participants indicated that the most affected areas were work and leisure. Almost half the respondents agreed or strongly agreed that the exercises 'hurt too much to do' (46%) and that they 'did not have enough time' to do exercises (34.5%).

Conclusion: This study emphasised notable longer term impact of a traumatic hand injury on people residing in a metropolitan Australian location; especially in the areas of work and leisure. Findings indicate the need for some change in the delivery of rehabilitation programs in an Australian regional metropolitan context. Holistic consideration of factors which may influence outcomes will improve rehabilitation programs and in turn, overall quality of life for individuals who sustain a traumatic hand injury.

Item ID: 18465
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: functional outcome; hand rehabilitation; hand trauma
ISSN: 1759-779X
Date Deposited: 27 Oct 2011 00:20
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services) @ 100%
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