Smart Phone Technology| Volume 33, ISSUE 2, P229-234, April 2020

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Use of mobile applications in hand therapy

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      • Mobile devices can be incorporated into therapy as an engaging alternative to traditional therapy options.
      • Purposeful activities, like mobile applications, have the potential to be more interesting treatments while keeping the clients more engaged in therapy.
      • Smartphone applications can also promote new ways of engaging patients during their therapeutic intervention sessions and improving compliance with their home program.



      Mobile devices can be incorporated into therapy as an engaging alternative to traditional therapy options. The use of mobile devices and smartphone applications can enhance the quality of care provided by health care professionals.


      To find mobile apps that can be incorporated into hand therapy practice.


      Hand therapy evaluation, interventions, proprioception, laterality, and home exercise program applications can be incorporated into practice. Patient education can also be provided via the use of mobile applications.


      Smartphone applications can be a valuable intervention and impact performance in individuals with impaired hand function. Smartphone applications offer a client-centered, and potentially motivating, activity option that can be utilized to aid the hand therapist.


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      Quiz: # 677

      Record your answers on the Return Answer Form found on the tear-out coupon at the back of this issue or to complete online and use a credit card, go to There is only one best answer for each question.
      • # 1.
        There is a growing interest in
        • a.
          increasing the number of clients with access to mobile devices and their apps
        • b.
          using apps on mobile devices as an integral part of rehabilitation programs
        • c.
          learning how to teach clients how to use mobile devices and their apps
        • d.
          having clinics provide mobile devices to the therapy staff
      • # 2.
        Research into the use of mobile devices and their apps is ____________ for hand therapy
        • a.
          being driven my Dell and Samsung
        • b.
          much more prevalent in Canada than the US or UK
        • c.
        • d.
          very thin
      • # 3.
        A key factor in a client-centered system is
        • a.
          physician approval
        • b.
        • c.
          patient autonomy
        • d.
          therapist autonomy
      • # 4.
        Therapists are encouraged to
        • a.
          consult the ASHT to identify appropriate apps
        • b.
          search the app store to find appropriate apps
        • c.
          use the WHO approved apps list
        • d.
          memorize the apps listed in this article
      • # 5.
        The apps referred to are client-centered and potentially motivational
        • a.
        • b.
      When submitting to the HTCC for re-certification, please batch your JHT RFC certificates in groups of 3 or more to get full credit.