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Investigating the appearance-related concerns of people with hand injuries

Rumsey, Nichola; Clarke, Alex; White, Paul; Hooper, Emily


Alex Clarke

Paul White
Professor in Applied Statistics

Emily Hooper


An investigation of the appearance-related concerns of patients with disfiguring hand conditions was carried out in two out-patient clinics. A considerable proportion of the 122 respondents were experiencing psychosocial problems including anxiety, depression, social anxiety and social avoidance in addition to physical and functional difficulties. These difficulties were not related to the aetiology or severity of the hand condition. Hand therapists and other team members felt frustrated that they could not address patients' needs more effectively. Solutions to these issues, including staff training, routine screening and the provision of support materials, are discussed.


Rumsey, N., Clarke, A., White, P., & Hooper, E. (2003). Investigating the appearance-related concerns of people with hand injuries. British Journal of Hand Therapy, 8(2), 57-61

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 1, 2003
Journal British Journal of Hand Therapy
Print ISSN 1369-9571
Publisher British Association of Hand Therapists
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 8
Issue 2
Pages 57-61
Keywords appearance, hand injury, visible difference
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