The influence of changing psychological factors on outcomes in hand and wrist conditions
In this project, we focus on how psychosocial factors influence outcomes and how we can manipulate these factors to improve treatment outcomes.
For the first part, we received funding by the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH). Within that project, we investigate if psychological factors change at all during treatment, and if this change is associated with a change in pain and hand function. In addition, we investigate which patient or clinician characteristics are associated with a change in psychological profile.
For the second part, we intend to design an intervention that provides insights for clinicians on the importance of psychosocial factors and also gives them tools to optimize the psychological profile. First, the intervention will be designed and then pilot tested. Hopefully, we can investigate this intervention in a large-scale randomized controlled trial in the future.
M. van der Oest
Personalized treatment of upper extremity disorder
Clinical focus area