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Optimizing Outcomes in Complex Traumatic Hand Injuries through Collaboration and Evidence-informed Interventions

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$45 per participant

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Course Description

Complex traumatic hand injuries are not the most common hand injuries, but they impose high healthcare costs and productivity loss. Therefore, it is vital for hand therapists to demonstrate their distinct value in returning this population back to meaningful occupations. Each of these injuries have different presentations, therefore standardized protocols do not suffice. Timely and appropriate therapy is essential to addressing the Triple Aim of Healthcare in the United States for this population. Results of a mixed-method study on practice patterns of Certified Hand Therapists in the USA and literature review when treating this population will be presented. Case studies will be presented that will challenge participants to reflect on their current practice patterns and how systematic changes can be made to better serve this population.The educational level of this course is intermediate.

Course Instructor

Jennifer Dodson OTD, OTR/L, CHT graduated from Florida International University Occupational Therapy program in 1998. In 2002 she was honored to be chosen as a fellow for the Evelyn Mackin Hand Therapy Fellowship at the Philadelphia Hand Center. She became a Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) in 2004. Jennifer is an active member of the American Society of Hand Therapy and has served on the Education Council. She has been an invited lecturer at state and national conferences around the US and Canada on various upper extremity topics. She has spent most of her career at a level one academic trauma center, serving those that have sustained complex traumatic injuries of the upper extremity. She also enjoys treating athletes of all levels. Her dedication to optimizing care for those that have sustained complex traumatic injuries lead her to devote her doctoral work to this population. She received her Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson University along with an Advanced Practice Certificate in “Teaching in the Digital Age”. Her capstone/fellowship project was research on practice patterns of CHTs when rehabilitating this population to serve as a foundation to future studies. She is currently employed at OrthoCarolina in Charlotte, North Carolina and serves as Clinical Specialist I.

There are no financial or non-financial disclosures to report.

Course Outline
  • Presentation of quantitative results of cross-sectional survey and qualitative interviews

  • Reflection of practice and discussion of evidence-informed interventions and screening for psychological dysfunction

  •  Reflection of practice and discussion of evidence-informed interventions for physical dysfunction

  • Discussion on personal and systematic changes to improve efficiency of care to those that sustain complex traumatic hand injuries

  • Question/answer period

Continuing Education Credit






Gold Standard Seminars, LLC is an AOTA Approved Provider of professional development. PD activity approval ID# 11249. This distance learning-independent activity is offered at 0.2 CEUs, intermediate, OT service delivery. AOTA does not endorse specific course content, products, or clinical procedures.

This course offers 2.0 contact hours of category A, formal courses with direct upper extremity content for OT or PT towards the Certified Hand Therapists (CHT) recertification.

This course meets the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Standards of Quality for Continuing Education Offerings (BOD G11-03-22-69). Please save your course certificate and outline to submit for CE credit to your state and/or local licensing board.

For other professions, this course counts as 2.0 contact hours of professional development. Please save your certificate and course outline to submit to your national, state or local agency for continuing educating credit. 

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Course Schedule & Requirements
  • Available On-Demand - learn at your own pace!

Course Locations
Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will identify two patient reported outcomes or assessments to utilize to screen for psychological dysfunction

  • Participants will identify two evidence-informed interventions that address complications associated with complex traumatic hand injuries

Recommended Course Participants
  • Occupational Therapists

  • Physical Therapists

  • Occupational Therapy Assistants

  • Physical Therapy Assistants

  • Athletic Trainers

  • Physicians

  • Chiropractors

  • Strength and Conditioning Specialists

  • Personal Trainers

ADA and Special Requests

Please contact Gold Standard Seminars  prior to purchase to discuss any particular needs and/or requests.

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