Linking ICF components to outcome measures for orthotic intervention for CMC OA: A systematic review

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Study Design:Systematic review.Introduction/Purpose:The purpose of this study was to systematically review outcome measures used for assessment of orthotic intervention in the conservative management of thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis to determine if they characterize International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health (ICF) components. The determinants of patient satisfaction regarding the orthotic intervention were also extracted from the studies.Methods:A comprehensive literature search was conducted. Outcome measures in the included studies were linked to the ICF. Determinants of patient satisfaction regarding the orthotic intervention were also extracted.Results:Nine studies met inclusion criteria. Eight (47.1%) outcomes were linked to body structures and functions, 8 (47.1%) to activity limitations and participation restrictions, and 1 (5.9%) outcome fell into the nondefinable quality of life category. Four studies assessed patient satisfaction.Discussion/Conclusions:This systematic review on orthotic intervention for thumb carpometacarpal osteoarthritis found opportunities related to assessment and outcome measures when present studies are linked to the ICF.Level of Evidence:2a.

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