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Evidence-based practice-knowledge, attitude, behavior questionnaire

At the upcoming 2020 EFSHT Congress in Basel Switzerland, a group of speakers has been recruited for the session that focuses on “Knowledge Transfer: Implementation of Evidence Based Practice in the field of Hand Therapy”.As part of this session we would like to present information about “What hand therapists think about evidence based practice”. In order to do so, we would like to survey therapists across Europe to gain insight into therapists’ attitudes and perspectives about evidence based practice. EBP is defined as: using/applying EBP means the conscientious, explicit and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. That is, looking up, appraising and applying both basic, factual information as well as disease-specific and condition-specific evidence.

You are being invited to participate in a web-based online survey research study. It should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.Your participation in this survey is voluntary. You may refuse to take part in the research or exit the survey at any time without penalty…

Please answer with your true opinions and practices (i.e. Do not tell us what you THINK we want to hear, rather tell us what YOU really believe) and complete all the questions.

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Hand Osteoarthritis Drug Trial – request for support

Are you seeing someone with painful hand osteoarthritis? Would they be eligible for the HOPE-e study? HOPE-e is a 28-week feasibility study of a randomised placebo-controlled trial testing the effects of a once daily form of hormone replacement therapy (HRT), (conjugated estrogens + bazedoxifene) on hand pain in postmenopausal women with hand OA.  Study sites are Oxford and London, so eligible participants would need to be prepared to travel to either centre (travel would be re-imbursed).

Please contact Dr Fiona Watt (Chief Investigator),, or the study office on 01865 612661,

Further information including a patient information leaflet, can be found on the study website -  Individuals can self-refer if they interested. 

Hand Osteoarthritis research- looking for therapists to recruit patient participants

Researchers from the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) & University of West of England (UWE) looking for people with painful hand OA to take part in a study. This is to investigate how the brain responds to visual illusions that can be used to reduce pain in patients.

Please contact or

call  01225 473403 and see study posters for more information if you can help:

Study Poster (1)

Study Poster (2)

Digital SARAH - Do you provide exercise therapy for patients with RA hand?

We are looking for hand therapy departments who might be interested in using the digital SARAH, a web version of the SARAH hand exercise programme. The purpose is to reduce the number of therapy appointments and evaluate the implementation process. Each department will be required to recruit around 12 patients. For more information, please contact me at or 01865737907. Thank you. 

Moving Forward - Physiotherapy for Musculoskeletal Health and Wellbeing

Check out this new review from the NIHR and others on why MSK research matters. OT's this is super-relevant to hand therapy, so please ignore the physiotherapy in the title!

Check our the new Royal College of Surgeons CRPS Guidelines 

Many thanks to BAHT members Miriam Parkinson and Sharon Gillespie for their involvement in this latest update - you can read their summary here

Healthcare Quality Improvement Partnership
Free to use education packages on subjects related to clinical audit and healthcare quality improvement in general:  View Details
For specific statistics resources, they have a HQIP Statistics Guide for those new to data analysis and presentations. 
This guide is broken down into section including types of data, methods of statistical analysis, data presentation and guidance on sampling:  View Details