A toolkit for prosthetists and orthotists to facilitate progress in professional communication over the next 50 years

Jaap J. Van Netten*, Gustav Jarl, Klaas Postema, Anita E. Williams

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    Background: In this celebratory issue ofProsthetics and Orthotics International, we review professional communication skills in the field of prosthetics and orthotics. Objective: We aim to reflect on communication skills in the past 50 years, to discuss developments in the coming 50 years, and to create a toolkit and research agenda to facilitate progress in professional communication in the next 50 years. Results: Despite being a key area in prosthetics and orthotics training programmes, we found no studies on professional communication with an experimental design published inProsthetics and Orthotics International. As an alternative, we provide clinical reflections on the changes in professional communication in the past 50 years, and we discuss questionnaire-based and qualitative studies that provide evidence for the importance of communication in pedorthic footwear provision. In the coming 50 years, professional communication in the field of prosthetics and orthotics may be impacted by aging populations, global mobility, information technology, technological advances and emphasis on prevention. We discuss each of these topics. To facilitate progress in professional communication, we have created a toolkit with resources for prosthetics and orthotics professionals, prosthetics and orthotics students and other interested professionals. Conclusions: We hope this toolkit will inspire others to use, extend and implement it in their daily practice. As a research agenda, we strongly recommend undertaking research on interventions to improve professional communication and to study its effect on clinically meaningful outcomes.

    Originele taal-2English
    Pagina's (van-tot)408-415
    Aantal pagina's8
    TijdschriftProsthetics and Orthotics International
    Nummer van het tijdschrift6
    StatusPublished - dec-2020

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