The use of occupation-based assessments and intervention in the hand therapy setting - A survey

Kimatha Oxford Grice

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Study design Descriptive survey. Introduction This study specifically explored the use of occupation-based assessments and intervention in the hand therapy setting, but also more generally, current practice trends about all assessments being utilized in this setting, frequency of their use, and therapists' perceptions about them. Methods An online survey was distributed via email to members of the American Society of Hand Therapists (ASHT). The survey consisted of ten questions and was administered via Survey Monkey. Results Responses were received from 22% of those surveyed. A descriptive analysis was completed of the results and indicated that over half use occupation-based assessments on a daily basis; most are related to ADL function and used for the development of goals. The primary reason for not utilizing occupation-based assessments is time limitation. Seventy-nine percent believe these measures are important for the services provided in the hand therapy setting. Conclusion Occupation-based assessments and intervention are not utilized as much as therapists would like in the hand therapy setting, primarily due to time constraints. While not formally assessed, the majority of those who responded indicated that they do address occupation in their assessments and interventions. Level of evidence Not applicable

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-306
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Hand Therapy
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 1 2015



  • Assessments
  • Hand therapy
  • Occupation-based
  • Survey

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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