Plenary Session 7:

Date/Time: Saturday, October 5, 2019 - 4:15 PM to 6:15 PM
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Not all Wrist Fractures are Created Equal

Description:

This session will examine fracture characteristics, and epidemiological factors which impact rehabilitation progression and outcomes in the distal radius population. Factors which may create the need for minimal rehabilitation and greater rehabilitation intervention will be explored. This session will have cases interwoven throughout the session discussed by the panel.

Objective(s):

  • Attendees will identify distal radius fracture characteristics associated with slower rehabilitation progression and the potential for poorer outcomes.
  • Attendees will recognize factors associated potential need for greater rehabilitation intervention in the wrist fracture population.
  • Attendees will be able to identify factors associated with poorer outcomes in the wrist fracture population.

Practice Analysis 2020: Hand Therapy Trends and the CHT Examination

Description:

Periodic analysis of the practice of hand therapy at 5-7 year intervals is necessary to ensure that the Certified Hand Therapist examination reflects current practice, as well as to guide policies for regular recertification of hand therapists. This session describes the process and stages from initial information gathering from subject matter experts to a comprehensive industry wide survey of all Certified Hand Therapists, and how this information is used to influence the standards for Certification of Hand Therapists. The 2020 Practice Analysis survey is open now and all hand therapists are encouraged to participate.

Objective(s):

  • Participants will understand the Practice Analysis Process and the purpose of the current (6th in 30+ years) survey of Certified Hand Therapists
  • Participants will describe how the Practice Analysis survey process identifies emerging and receding trends in hand therapy
  • Participants will describe how the Practice Analysis survey impacts the Blueprint of the Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) Examination

Talk to the Hand Provider: Inter-Provider Communication Strategies for Maximizing Patient Outcomes

Description:

There are multiple modes of communication used in today’s healthcare environment, yet communication among providers has devolved, resulting in substandard outcomes and less satisfied patients. Despite the evidence that the odds of patient adherence are 2 times higher with effective communication, the demands of healthcare have made it more challenging for inter-provider collaboration. This instructional course will focus on evidence-based strategies designed to improve interpersonal communication between the hand therapist and the referring provider. Best practices and recommendations that result in improved patient outcomes, increased referrals, and overall satisfaction for both the patient and the clinician will be reviewed. The course is for therapists of all levels.

Objective(s):

  • Discuss optimal use of HIPPA compliant electronic devices as a mode of communication for improved patient outcomes
  • Review evidence-based strategies for better interpersonal communication between healthcare providers 
  • Identify the challenges and discuss solutions for maximal communication and connection to enhance client centered care