Postoperative Management of Hand Surgery in the Low- and Middle-Income Countries.Hand Clin 2019; 35(4):403-410HC
The prevention and treatment of hand injuries in low- to middle-income countries needs to be a priority. Surgical outreach trips are a primary avenue for patients to receive interventions. Challenges include language and cultural barriers, poor infrastructure, and limitations in a patient's ability to follow-up. Strategies to maximize patient functional outcomes include cultural competence, patient education resources, overcoming communication barriers, and using task-shifting strategies. Local therapists' knowledge and clinical skills can be enhanced. With improvements in data collection, therapists may contribute to gaining knowledge of outcomes in low- to middle-income countries.