What is it about?

Patients who had muscle tightness in their hand as a result of a neurological condition such as a stroke were offered surgery for muscle tightness in their hand and told us how it went. They were also involved in developing leaflets, choosing outcome measures and producing videos. This paper describes what these patients said about whether the surgery had helped or not and the process we went through to find out.

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Why is it important?

Shows an example of two different teams working together (surgery and spasticity) with patients to offer a co-ordinated service. Patients being involved in not only telling their story but what they feel would be helpful to have on offer to give future patients more information.


This is a small scale service evaluation initiated in order to help develop our upper limb surgical assessment service. We felt it was important that patients had a say in how information was provided to them but also in how we were measuring whether surgery had been beneficial or not. This information demonstrated that a bigger project looking at surgery for spasticity is needed focussing on patient outcomes but also identifying what may lead a patient to choose surgery.

Lynsay Duke
Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

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This page is a summary of: Quality of life impacts and wider benefits following upper limb surgery for spasticity management, International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, March 2022, Mark Allen Group,
DOI: 10.12968/ijtr.2020.0158.
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