The strength of the evidence for splinting and serial casting as treatment for elbow contractures: an integrative Critical Literature Review

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    Whitford, Jacki
  • Elbow contractures in burn survivors lead to difficulties in their ability to perform meaningful occupations. Interventions focus on improving movement at the elbow while considering social and psychological factors in the individual's environmental context. The purpose of the review was to determine the methodological quality of research evaluating splinting and serial casting to improve elbow contractures and resulting functional limitations. A comprehensive search strategy uncovered 10 research studies. Standardized critical appraisal tools and protocols were used to analyze the research. Although some methodological issues were identified, the findings were positive. Strengths and weaknesses of the research were delineated to support and guide the use of serial casting and splinting. A body of research was found to warrant consideration of social and psychological factors. Conclusion. There is preliminary quality of evidence to support the use of splinting and serial casting and important considerations for future research.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Dr. Brown, Cary (Occupational Therapy)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Dr. Wielandt, Patricia (Occupational Therapy)
    • Dr.Given, Lisa (Library and Information Studies)