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Facilitating Evidence Based Practice at Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center Public Deposited

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The Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center is a leader in upper extremity rehabilitation and treatment and publishes the Diagnosis and Treatment Manual© that hand therapists use across the country. To join the trend towards evidence-based practice, the Editor, Director of Therapy, and Education Director desired to include evidence in the next edition of the Diagnosis and Treatment Manual©. My unique skills as a future OTR allowed me to complete a needs assessment with relevant stakeholders to establish criteria for appropriate articles. I then provided a skilled intervention by scouring databases and selecting 370 articles as appropriate for inclusion in the manual. I delivered a final product to my site, including a template of articles selected as best matching the site's needs. The therapists that use the Diagnosis and Treatment Manual© will be able to see and use the evidence that I provided when the next edition is published allowing for further integration of evidence-based practices.

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