Hand Therapy Patients' Psychosocial Symptomology and Interests in Mindfulness: A Cross-Sectional Study
Background: Psychosocial sequelae are common for individuals with physical injuries to the upper extremity. However, psychosocially oriented interventions are not common in this occupational therapy practice area. Purpose: This study implemented an online survey of hand therapy patients' psychological symptoms. Second, it explored patients' interest in one psychosocially oriented intervention: mindfulness meditation. Methods: The design was a cross-sectional survey of 120 consecutively recruited hand therapy patients. Survey measures included functioning, psychosocial factors, and trait mindfulness. Findings: Anxiety was prevalent in this sample, and moderately correlated with trait mindfulness (r = -0.542, p < .001). While most participants (77%) indicated mindfulness meditation would be an acceptable intervention, women were 2.8 times as likely to be interested (p = .044). Implications: Psychosocially oriented interventions are indicated in hand therapy based on the prevalence of these symptoms. Further examination of using mindfulness meditation in hand therapy is warranted due to patient interest.
Canadian journal of occupational therapy. Revue canadienne d'ergotherapie
Hardison ME, Unger J, Roll SC. Hand Therapy Patients' Psychosocial Symptomology and Interests in Mindfulness: A Cross-Sectional Study. Can J Occup Ther. 2022 Mar;89(1):44-50. doi: 10.1177/00084174211060120. Epub 2021 Nov 16. PMID: 34783575.