A scoping review to map evidence regarding key domains and questions in the management of non-traumatic wrist disorders

MITCHELL, Thomas, HAMILTON, Nick, DEAN, Ben, RODGERS, Sarah, FOWLER-DAVIS, Sally and MCLEAN, Sionnadh (2023). A scoping review to map evidence regarding key domains and questions in the management of non-traumatic wrist disorders. Hand Therapy, 29 (1), 3-20.

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Introduction Non-traumatic wrist disorders (NTWD) are commonly encountered yet sparse resources exist to aid management. This study aimed to produce a literature map regarding diagnosis, management, pathways of care and outcome measures for NTWDs in the United Kingdom. Methods An interdisciplinary team of clinicians and academic researchers used Joanna Briggs Institute guidelines and the PRISMA ScR checklist in this scoping review. A mixed stakeholder group of patients and healthcare professionals identified 16 questions of importance to which the literature was mapped. An a-priori search strategy of both published and non-published material from five electronic databases and grey literature resources identified records. Two reviewers independently screened records for inclusion using explicit eligibility criteria with oversight from a third. Data extraction through narrative synthesis, charting and summary was performed independently by two reviewers. Results Of 185 studies meeting eligibility criteria, diagnoses of wrist pain, De Quervain’s syndrome and ulna-sided pain were encountered most frequently, with uncontrolled non-randomised trial or cohort study being the most frequently used methodology. Diagnostic methods used included subjective questioning, self-reported pain, palpation and special tests. Best practice guidelines were found from three sources for two NTWD conditions. Seventeen types of conservative management, and 20 different patient-reported outcome measures were suggested for NTWD. Conclusion Substantial gaps in evidence exist in all parts of the patient journey for NTWD when mapped against an analytic framework (AF). Opportunities exist for future rigorous primary studies to address these gaps and the preliminary concerns about the quality of the literature regarding NTWD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1103 Clinical Sciences; 3202 Clinical sciences; 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/17589983231219595
Page Range: 3-20
SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2024 15:19
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2024 15:15
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/32944

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