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Volume 51 Number 6, 2014
   Pages 885 — 894

Abstract — Individualizing goals for users of externally powered partial hand prostheses

Lynsay Whelan, MS, OTR/L;1* Sharon Flinn, PhD, OTR/L, CHT;2 Nathan Wagner, LPO, CPO, OTR/L3

1Occupational Therapy, Touch Bionics, Hilliard, OH; 2School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH; 3Prosthetics, Touch Bionics, Hilliard, OH

Abstract — Based on recent advances in prosthetic technology available for individuals with partial hand loss or deficiency, research is needed to best ensure the acceptance of these devices. Additionally, this population is subjected to higher risks of overuse syndromes. With improved technological advances in prosthetic devices, clients can engage in more complex activities with less compensation. The purpose of this study was to describe the tasks identified as both difficult and important to individuals with partial hand loss. Recommendations will be provided regarding matching users’ individualized goals with considerations in prosthetic design, functional training, programming, and adaptive equipment.

Key words: adaptive equipment, functional training, goal setting, limb deficiency, limb loss, multi-articulating prosthetic hand, partial hand deficiency, prosthesis, prosthesis overuse, prosthetic technology.


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This article and any supplementary material should be cited as follows:
Whelan L, Flinn S, Wagner N. Individualizing goals for users of externally powered partial hand prostheses. J Rehabil Res Dev. 2014;51(6):885–94.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1682/JRRD.2013.08.0181
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