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Forming an international consortium for sharing resources of upper limb absence worldwide: the handsmart group
Örebro University, School of Health Sciences. Department of Prosthetics and Orthotics, Region Örebro County, Örebro, Sweden; University Health Care Research Centre, Region Örebro County, Örebro, Sweden .ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4247-2236
2016 (English)In: “Advances in our Understanding”: The Compendium, 2016, 22-23 p.Conference paper, Abstract (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Introduction: An exciting and constantly changing environment in the upper limb prosthetics field challenges clinical teams on a daily basis. Prosthetic devices and control systems, as well as individual’s requirements and expectations, have changed and developed over the past several years. To meet or exceed expectations, and to obtain the best outcomes in a coordinated clinical care continuum, therapists need to have foundational skills and knowledge. The aim of this work is to determine best clinical practice and to provide resources for therapists.

Methods: The prosthetic company Ottobock initiated a meeting in Berlin, Germany, in February 2016. Twelve independent international experts consisting of 11 therapists (4 physical and 7 occupational therapists) and 1 prosthetist, from different parts of the world, participated. The clinicians are all either independent practitioners or working with a company and specialized in upper limb loss/difference rehabilitation, either in clinical or research settings. Discussions were facilitated by an independent moderator. Decisions were made based on voting and consensus agreements.

Results: The international consortium of expert clinicians were united in the vision to provide the most holistic rehabilitation approach for every person with upper limb loss or upper limb difference, now and in the future. Based on this agreement the “handsmart group” was formed and further discussions took place.

The vision was operationalized by the mission to support and empower clinicians and patients worldwide by creating and updating an open access, easily understandable resource based on evidence, for those engaged in upper limb loss/difference rehabilitation. The consortium formed working groups to address the following objectives; 1) create an online platform for networking, sharing information, communicating and accessing resources for supporting clinical practice internationally; 2) search and apply for financial support for the future activities in the group; and, 3) search, compile and recommend interventions for different rehabilitation phases, in adults and children with upper limb absence.

Discussion: Some clinicians have difficulty accessing information or relevant findings in upper limb loss/difference rehabilitation. They usually receive their knowledge from peers, by trial and error over the years or reading materials in some special fields. The handsmart platform will provide evidence based resources that are easy to understand and accessible worldwide. Hopefully this will improve the quality of upper limb rehabilitation.

The handsmart group is a non-profit group, and the members are working on a voluntary basis. We invite external parties involved in upper limb loss/difference rehabilitation (e.g. patients organizations, commercial companies, professional organizations, other team members) to collaborate and support the group. This may enable successful work in promotion of our mission and vision.

Disclosure: Though Ottobock initiated and was in charge of organizing and supporting the first meeting, the handsmart group is independent and follows international needs and interests of all people. There are no financial interests of this group

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. 22-23 p.
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Occupational Therapy
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Nursing Science w. Occupational Therapy Focus
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-57603OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-57603DiVA: diva2:1094108
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Trent International Prosthetic Symposium 2016, Glasgow, UK, September 28 - October 1, 2016
Available from: 2017-05-09 Created: 2017-05-09 Last updated: 2017-05-09Bibliographically approved

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