Here are Links to Important Hand Therapist Organizations
The Hand Therapy Certification Commission (independent from AHTF) is the official organization for certification of hand therapy specialists. Information and advice for qualifying for the hand therapy exam is available directly from their website www.htcc.org.
The American Society of Hand Therapists (independent from AHTF) is the official membership organization of hand therapists. Information for membership is available directly from their website www.asht.org.
The American Society For Surgery of the Hand holds an annual meeting and now has an affiliate membership category for qualified hand therapists. Information for membership can be found at www.assh.org.
The American Association for Hand Surgery holds an annual meeting and offers a membership category to qualified hand therapists, Information for membership can be found at www.handsurgery.org.
The American Society of Peripheral Nerve holds an annual meeting and now offers affiliate membership for qualified hand therapists. Information for membership can be found at www.peripheralnerve.org.
The American Occupational Therapy Association. Information can be found at www.aota.org.
The American Physical Therapy Association. Information can be found at www.apta.org.
International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. Information can be found at www.ifsht.org.
International Federation of Societies for Surgery of the Hand. Information can be found at ifssh.info.
The following represent examples of recent peer-reviewed publications and educational / scientific presentations that were made possible in part by AHTF grants (names of grantees are highlighted).
Burkhalter New Investigator Grant:
1996: Wuori JL, Overend TJ, Kramer JF, MacDermid J. Strength and pain measures associated with lateral epicondylitis bracing. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1998 Jul;79(7):832-7. doi: 10.1016/s0003-9993(98)90366-5. PMID: 9685101.
1998: Poole JL, Walenta MH, Alonzo V, Coe A, Moneim M. A pilot study comparing of two therapy regimens following carpometacarpal joint arthroplasty. Phys. Occup.Ther. Geriatr. 2011;29:(4):327-336, DOI:10.3109/02703181.2011.613530
1999: Cleary C, Sanders AK, Nick TG. Reliability of the skin compliance device in the assessment of scar pliability. J Hand Ther, 2007;20(3):232 – 238.
2000: Shechtman O, Davenport R, Malcolm M, Nabavi D. Reliability and validity of the BTE-Primus grip tool. J Hand Ther 2003;16(1):36-42. https://doi.org/10.1016/S0894-1130(03)80022-4
2002: Groth GN Current practice patterns of flexor tendon rehabilitation. J Hand Ther 2005;18(2):169-174
Groth GN Clinical decision making and therapists’ autonomy in the context of flexor tendon rehabilitation. J Hand Ther. 2008;21(3):254-260. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1197/j.jht.2007.10.022
2008: Lewis E, Fors L, Tharion W. Intertester and intratester reliability of finger goniometry. Am J Occup Ther, 2010;64(4):1-7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2010.09028
Lewis, ES Finger circumference measurements: Inter-tester and intra-tester reliability. Hand Ther. 2010;15:69-72. doi:10.1258/ht.2010.010017
Nunes PM, de Oliveira DG, Aruin AS, Dos Santos, MJ.Relationship between hand function and grip force control in women with hand osteoarthritis.
J Rehabil Res Dev,2012;49(6):855-865.
Guimaraes de Oliveira D, Nunes PM, Aruin AS, Dos Santos MJ. Grip force control in individuals with hand osteoarthritis. J Hand Ther. 2011;24:345–55.
2011: Chai, SC. A preliminary analysis on the relationship between hand discomfort, perceived exertion, and hand function status among piano students. J Hand Ther. 2012;25(4):e12 – e13.
2015: McVeigh KH, Kannas SN, Ivy CC, Garner HW, Barnes CS, Heckman MG, Bushaber DE, Murray PM. Dynamic stabilization home exercise program for treatment of thumb carpometacapal osteoarthritis: A prospective randomized control trial. J Hand Ther June 23, 2021 published online: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2021.06.002
2016: Day JM, Lucado AM, Dale RB, Merriman H, Marker CD, Uhl TL. The Effect of Scapular Muscle Strengthening on Functional Recovery in Patients With Lateral Elbow Tendinopathy: A Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. J Sport Rehabil. 2021 Jan 13:1-10. doi: 10.1123/jsr.2020-0203
2017: Doerrer, S. B., Walter, J. R., Priganc, V., Winston, K., Barth, R. W., & Moss, D. P. (2021). The impact of shoulder pathology on individuals with distal radius fracture. Journal of Hand Therapy. https://www.jhandtherapy.org/article/S0894-1130(21)00145-9/fulltext
2017: Menegaldo A. Xhosa translation of DASH and QuickDASH (2017). Available at: https://dash.iwh.on.ca/available-translations
Menegaldo, A. P. Determinants of positive functional outcomes at 16 weeks after flexor tendon repair at a tertiary hospital in South Africa: A descriptive, analytical study. (2019) https://open.uct.ac.za/handle/11427/30924
2019: Stern, B. Z. (2020). Self-management in adults after distal radius fracture: A mixed methods exploration [Dissertation]. [Downloadable from ProQuest, ID: 27832212]
Stern BZ, Njelesani J, Tsu-Hsin H. Transitioning from hurting to healing: Self- management after distal radius fracture. Disabil. 2021;
Doerrer, S. B., Walter, J. R., Priganc, V., Winston, K., Barth, R. W., & Moss, D. P. (2021). The impact of shoulder pathology on individuals with distal radius fracture. Journal of Hand Therapy.
Stern, BZ Howe TH, Njelesani J. “I didn’t know what I could do”: Behaviors, knowledge and beliefs, and social facilitation after distal radius fracture. J Hand Ther. 2021https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2021.09.003
Evelyn Mackin Grant
2005: Schwartz, DA. Hands across the water: clinical observations of hand therapy practices in Great Britain and Norway. J Hand Ther.2006;19:358-364.
Judy Bell-Krotoski Grab the Evidence Grant
2009: Flinn SR, Goodman G. Effective assessments to identify overuse injuries in unaffected limbs of persons with unilateral upper limb amputations. J Hand Ther.2021;34:298-308.
2016: McGee C, Skye J, Van Heest A. Graded motor imagery for women at risk for developing type I CRPS following closed treatment of distal radius fractures: A randomized comparative effectiveness trial protocol a randomized comparative effectiveness trial protocol. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2018;19(1):202-215
Tri-Alliance Grant Honoring the ASHT Founders
2013: Leitkam S, Bush TR, Beasley J, Buschman J. Concurrent validity of goniometric and 3D motion capture measurements of the hand and their effects on a model of finger functionality for clinical assessment. J Hand Ther. 2016;29(3):371-372. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2014.08.022
2014: Hardison M, Black D, Roll SC. Effects of mind-body interventions on stress, anxiety and pain hand therapy patients. Am J Occup. Ther. 2018;72 https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2018.72S1-RP302C
2016: Ziebart C, Dewan N, Tuazon J, MacDermid J. Development of the Home Fall Hazard Checklist. Rehabil Res Pract. 2021, Article ID 5362197. https://doi.org/10.1155/2021/5362197.
Babatunde FO Optimising musculoskeletal health: Focus on exercise therapy and psychosocial interventions. MacDermid J, Grewal R, Macedo L, Szekeres M, Advisors https://macsphere.mcmaster.ca/handle/11375/25350
Babatunde FO, MacDermid J, Grewal R, Macedo L, Szekeres M Development and usability testing of a web-based and therapist-assisted coping skills program for managing psychosocial problems in individuals with hand and upper limb injuries: Mixed methods study. JMIR Hum Factors 2020;7(2):e17088 doi:10.2196/17088 PMID: 32374265 PMCID: 7240444
2019: Wolff AL, Ling D, Casey B, Toresdahl B, Gellhorn A. Feasibility and Impact of a Musculoskeletal Health for Musicians (MHM) Program for Musician-Students: A Randomized Controlled Pilot Study. J Hand Ther. 2021 https://www.jhandtherapy.org/article/S0894-1130(21)00048-X/fulltext
Yang N, Fufa DT, Wolff AL. A Musician-Centered Approach to Management of Performance Related Upper Extremity Musculoskeletal Injuries. J Hand Ther. 2021.
Wolff AL, Robbins L. Leveraging Implementation Science to Prevent and Reduce Musculoskeletal Injury in Musicians: A proposed framework. J Hand Ther. 2021
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