Journal article

The functional assessment and rehabilitation programme of the UK hand and upper limb transplant service

Joanna Burdon, Sarah Taplin, Simon P Kay, Daniel J Wilks

Hand Therapy | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2019


Introduction Hand and upper limb transplants are becoming internationally recognised as an effective treatment to improve function and quality of life in carefully selected patients. A comprehensive functional assessment and rehabilitation programme are an essential component of the multi-disciplinary assessment and treatment approach. Although there is an increasing body of published data on the surgical techniques and outcomes following hand transplant, little exists in the literature to guide the hand therapist. Method The pre-transplant functional assessments and rehabilitation programme provided for patients undergoing hand transplantation in the UK are described and critically analysed..

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Funding Acknowledgements

The authors would like to thank the UK Hand and Upper Limb Transplant multi-disciplinary team for their support and guidance in the development of the service.