The impact of a traumatic hand injury on people who live in rural and remote locations

Tanner, Bronwyn, Kingston, Gail, and Gray, Marion (2008) The impact of a traumatic hand injury on people who live in rural and remote locations. In: Proceedings of the 23rd Australian Association of Occupational Therapists National Confrence and Exhibition. PF50. From: 23rd Australian Association of Occupational Therapists National Confrence and Exhibition, 11-13 September 2008, Melbourne, VIC, Australia.

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Abstract

Target Audience: Occupational therapists and hand therapists working with clients who live in rural and remote areas.

Aim of research: To explore the impact of traumatic hand injury on the occupational performance of a population of people from a rural and remote area.

Rationale of research: Little is known about the impact that a traumatic hand injury has on people from rural and remote areas. This research explores the experience of people from rural and remote locations who have had a hand injury and how this impacts on their day to day lives. This research informs service development for hand injury rehabilitation and more general rehabilitation for people from rural and remote locations as well as providing a platform for further research.

Method: A postal survey was undertaken of all adult clients discharged from the hand therapy unit of a regional hospital to a rural and remote location in the past 3 years (n=199). The survey instrument incorporated the use of the Upper Extremity Functional Index and questions regarding the impact of injury on occupational performance areas. Analysis of surveys (n= 65) was done using SPSS software and descriptive statistics produced to characterise the sample. Analysis of open ended responses was done using a thematic analysis of the content.

Findings/Results: Results from returned surveys (n=65) will be examined and broader implications for service delivery to people from rural and remote locations drawn.

Ethical Approval: Qld Health HREC ( Protocol Number 14/07) and JCU Ethics Committee (H2697).

Conclusion: This study has provided initial data which is informing further research into and therapy intervention and service design.

Learning Outcomes: Participants will acquire information regarding the impact of a traumatic hand injury on people from rural and remote locations.

Participants will generalise information provided to service provision to this population.

Item ID: 29316
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: hand therapy, rural and remote
Date Deposited: 17 Sep 2013 06:10
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110399 Clinical Sciences 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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