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Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Allsion Naber


Hand therapy, Occupational adaptation model, Clinical practice guidelines

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this capstone project was to gain advanced clinical practice skills in the hand therapy setting. The 14-week capstone project was completed at TRIA Orthopedics in Woodbury, MN with a primary focus on direct patient care while building the advanced clinical practice skills and knowledge needed to become a competent entry-level hand therapist. Overall, the student worked with a wide variety of diagnoses commonly seen in the hand therapy setting. The objectives for the project included (1) TRIA student objectives; (2) review of surgery videos of common hand therapy diagnoses; (3) PAMs/wound care/pre-posttests; (4) clinical practice guideline for swan neck and boutonniere deformity; (5) case study on poly-trauma patient emphasizing the occupational adaptation frame of reference; (6) handle a full caseload/fabricate custom splints and orthotics. Each objective had corresponding deliverables that were completed by the capstone student. These deliverables included proof of completed TRIA objectives, written reflections of hand surgery videos, proof of competencies in PAMs/wound care/pre-posttests, a completed clinical practice guideline on the swan neck and boutonniere deformities with a corresponding presentation, a completed case study of poly-trauma patient with a corresponding presentation, and a written summary/table of the capstone experience. Using the constructs of the occupational adaptation model, the student was able to treat with a more holistic and client-centered focus throughout this experience. This capstone project provided materials and knowledge for future use to guide practice along with developing skills needed for entry-level practice.