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J Hand Ther. 2014 Apr-Jun;27(2):143-50; quiz 151. doi: 10.1016/j.jht.2013.11.004. Epub 2013 Dec 5.

SSc management--In person appointments and remote therapy (SMART): a framework for management of chronic hand conditions.

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1
Leon Root Motion Analysis Laboratory, Department of Rehabilitation, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA; Hand Therapy Center, Department of Rehabilitation, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA. Electronic address: wolffa@hss.edu.
2
Hand Therapy Center, Department of Rehabilitation, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA.
3
Scleroderma and Vasculitis Center, Hospital for Special Surgery, 535 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021, USA.

Abstract

The changing health care climate poses unique challenges to managing a chronic and progressive disease like systemic sclerosis (SSc). At our institution, we employ a new model for SSc management that combines "in person" appointments and "remote" therapy (SMART). This program fosters an understanding of the disease process with the goal of improving skills and confidence for self-management and empowering individuals by providing a means of daily self-assessment. Technology is utilized as a means to remotely monitor and assess progress. We present our approach as a framework for long term management of chronic hand conditions. Evidence from a variety of disciplines is cited to support the design and parameters of this model.

KEYWORDS:

Chronic hand conditions; Patient centered treatment; Systemic sclerosis

PMID:
24524885
DOI:
10.1016/j.jht.2013.11.004
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