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Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery:
doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31829fe5e1
Hand/Peripheral Nerve: Outcomes Article

Applying Evidence in the Care of Patients with Rheumatoid Hand and Wrist Deformities

Rehim, Shady A. M.B., B.Ch., M.Sc.; Chung, Kevin C. M.D., M.S.

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Summary: The traditional approach in managing rheumatoid hand deformities is based on the individual surgeon’s experiences. In the current era of evidence-based medicine, formulating treatment for the rheumatoid hand fits perfectly within the framework of evidence-based medicine by leveraging the best evidence from the literature, incorporating surgeons’ experience and considering patients’ preferences. In this Special Topic article, we use a case example to illustrate how evidence-based medicine can be practiced within the framework of treating rheumatoid hand deformities by distilling the best evidence from the literature to guide surgeons in a rational approach for treating this common condition.

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