Journal Club

ASHT members are invited to join the ASHT Journal Club. The Journal Club is the official online forum for the Journal of Hand Therapy. Members earn one free continuing education hour for participating in each one-hour Journal Club chat.

October Journal Chat
Monday, October 29
9:00 PM ET 

“Effect of immobilization of metacarpophalangeal joint in thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis on pain and function. A quasi-experimental trial.” Raquel Cantero-Tellez, PhD, MSc, PT, OT et al. Journal of Hand Therapy. Article in press. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2016.11.005

Presented by Diane Coker, DPT, CHT

NEW: Registration is now required for the Journal Club. This chat is free for members.   
To participate in the Journal Chat, members may register by clicking the button below prior to the live chat. Upon registering, you will receive an email within 15-20 minutes with a link to access the chat, so please monitor your inbox and/or spam folders for this communication.

Registration coming soon!


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of the ASHT online Journal Club, the learner will:

  • Find the established research question(s) and identify the rationale for the question(s).
  • Define the purpose(s) of the article as described by the author(s).
  • Classify the evidence level of the article according to Sackett's hierarchy.
  • Identify the application of the author’s conclusion to clinical practice.
  • Identify the limitations of the article’s outcome as it applies to the existing body of evidence and to clinical practice.

In order to participate in the Journal Club Chat, members must access their Journal Hand Therapy membership to retrieve articles that are being discussed each month.

To do so, please visit www.asht.org/journal and access your monthly articles as shown below:

Introduction and Standard Questions

In an effort to improve participation and productivity, we have created five standard questions which will be used for each monthly Journal Club Chat. The five questions will be the same each month. The questions are as follows:

  • What is the research topic/problem?
  • What is the purpose of the study?
  • What is the level of evidence? What qualifies it to be that level?
  • What were the results of the study?
  • Will this change your practice?  Why or why not and how?

In order to meet compliance requirements for issuing continuing education credit for Journal Club Chat participation, we are instituting completion requirements as outlined below.

All participants will be required to complete a five question quiz to meet the requirement for assessment of learning outcomes.

  • Participants will be emailed a link to access the quiz within two to five days after the chat.
  • Once the link is sent, participants will have a few days to complete the quiz.  The deadline for completion will be clearly communicated.
  • Within seven days of the deadline, certificates will be issued.

To meet the attendance requirement for awarding continuing education credit:

  • All participants will be required to log-in to the chat within 10 minutes of the start time to be eligible for the free CE credit.  Those who log-in more than 10 minutes after the start time are welcome to participate, but they will not be sent the quiz to earn free CE credit.
  • All participants will be required to actively engage with the discussion.  The chat transcript shows and the online chat system monitors those who are idle on the chat.  Those who are idle for more than 15 minutes will not be sent the quiz to earn free CE credit.

It is the goal of the Journal Club to maximize the teaching/learning experience and enhance critical appraisal skills. We value your participation and hope you find the new format helpful in enhancing your research skills.

2018 Journal Club Schedule 


January

Article: "The short-term effects of hot packs vs therapeutic whirlpool on active wrist range of motion for patients with distal radius fracture: A randomized controlled trial” 

Mike Szekeres, PhD, OTReg(Ont), CHT et al. Journal of Hand Therapy, Published online 9/8/17.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.08.003

January 29 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Eugene Boeglin, DPT, OCS, CHT

February

Article: "The diagnostic clinical value of thumb metacarpal grind, pressure shear, flexion, and extension tests for carpometacarpal osteoarthritis."

Yaron Sela, MD et al. Journal of Hand Therapy, Published online 11/14/17..
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.09.005

February 26 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Diane Coker, DPT, CHT

March

Article: "The effects of KinesioTape on the treatment of lateral epicondylitis.” 

Hassan Shakeri, PT, PhD et al. Journal of Hand Therapy, Accepted 1/4/17.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.01.001

March 26 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Kim McClintick, OTD, OTR/L, CLT

April

Article: “Effectiveness of a fine motor skills rehabilitation program on upper limb disability, manual dexterity, pinch strength, range of fingers motion, performance in activities of daily living, functional independency, and general self-efficacy in hand osteoarthritis: A randomized clinical trial.”

Jose Manuel Perez-Marmol, OT et al. Journal of Hand Therapy, Volume 30, Issue 3, 262-273. July-September 2017.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2016.12.001

April 30 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Gwen Weinstock-Zlotnick, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

May

Article: “Changes in fall risk and functional status in women aged 50 years and older after distal radius fracture: A prospective 1-year follow-up study.”” 

Katie Crockett, PT, PhD et al. Journal of Hand Therapy, Published online 11/14/17.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.09.009

May 29 (note Tuesday - due to Memorial Day holiday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Virginia O'Brien, OTD, OTR/L, CHT

June

Article: "The effect of sensory-motor training on hand and upper extremity sensory and motor function in patients with ideiopathic Parkinson disease."

Ghorban Taghizadeh, PhD et al. Journal of Hand Therapy. In Press. Published online 11/14/17.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.08.001

June 25 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Nancy Byl, BS, MPH, PT, PhD, FAPTA

July

Article: “Factors influencing functional outcome of proximal interphalangeal joint collateral ligament injury when treated with buddy strapping and exercise.”

Young Hak Roh, MD, PhD et al. Journal of Hand Therapy. In Press. Published online 3/23/17.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.02.010

July 30 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Stephanie Carlson-Ballone, MOT, OTR/L, CHT

August

Article: "Pain, motion and function comparison of two exercise protocols for the rotator cuff and scapular stabilizers in patients with subacromial syndrome."

Eva Valles-Carrascosa, PT et al. Journal of Hand Therapy. In Press. Published online 1/9/18.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.11.041

August 27 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Eugene Boeglin, DPT, OCS, CHT

September

Article: “Effectiveness of the graded motor imagery to improve hand function in patients with distal radius fracture: A randomized controlled trial.” 

Burcu Dilek, PhD, PT et al. Journal of Hand Therapy. Published online 11/6/17.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.09.004

September 11 (Tuesday)
8:00 PM ET (note earlier start time)
Presented by Kim McClintick, OTD, OTR/L, CLT

October

Article: "Effect of immobilization of metacarpophalangeal joint in thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis on pain and function. A quasi-experimental trial.”  

Raquel Cantero-Tellez, PhD, MSc, PT, OT et al. Journal of Hand Therapy. Article in press.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2016.11.005

October 29 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Diane Coker, DPT, CHT

November

Article: “Effects of client-centered multimodal treatment on impairment, function, and satisfaction of people with thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis.”

Barbara Shankland, BSc (OT), MSc, OT(C) et al. Journal of Hand Therapy. Volume 30, Issue 3, 307-313, July-September 2017.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2017.03.004

November 26 (Monday)
9:00 PM ET
Presented by Gwen Weinstock-Zlotnick, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

December

Article: “A clinical trial of tension and compression orthoses for Dupuytren contractures.” 

Annelien Brauns, MD et al. Journal of Hand Therapy. Volume 30, Issue 3, 253-261. Jan-Sept 2017.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jht.2016.11.011

December 10 (Monday - note 2nd Monday of month due to holiday season)
8:00 PM ET (note earlier start time)
Presented by Stephanie Carlson-Ballone, MOT, OTR/L, CHT


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