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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Marc J. Fischer, BS, OT/Psych(Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago)
Description: This comprehensive guide to hand rehabilitation for clinicians can be a helpful review for experienced therapists as well as an education tool for novices. The previous edition was published in 1998.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide an easy to use guide for clinicians who are treating patients with hand injuries. The updates in this edition provide important information about current treatments and their outcomes. Therapists are guided in appropriate selection of available strategies. The thoroughness and the organization allow therapists to use the book efficiently.
Audience: It is written for experienced and novice occupational and physical therapists who treat patients with hand and upper extremity conditions. The authors and editors represent a wide range of expertise, including therapists and physicians who specialize in hand rehabilitation.
Features: This book describes and provides recommendations for a wide array of hand and upper extremity conditions often seen in hand therapy clinics. It is particularly focused on treatment of hand conditions and the outline format makes it quick and easy to use. The inclusion of outcomes in each chapter is helpful to clinicians in determining which strategy to use and how to properly educate patients. Some of the special topics chapters are outdated and brief.
Assessment: This is an extremely useful guide for therapists who work with patients with hand and upper extremity injuries. The book provides an outline of treatment recommendations that is comprehensive and easy to use. The photographs and illustrations enhance and elucidate the text very well.