The Scientific Committee

The SC is handling all scientific affairs related to scientific congresses and meetings organised by the European Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy. Their primary responsibility lies with reviewing and selection of submitted material for presentation.


Job descriptions:
Job description SC Member 2021.pdf
Job description SC Chair 2021.pdf

Committee members

Alice Ørts OT PhD Danish 2021.jpgName:Alice Ørts (OT, PhD)
Nationality: Danish

Sonja Pelzmann 2021.jpg

Name: Sonja Pelzman (OT, PhD student)
Nationality: Austrian

Barts_101023 104.jpgName: Lisa Newington (PT, PhD, accredited Hand Therapist (BAHT))
Nationality: English

Foto Maaike kleur.jpgName: Maaike van der Hoeven (PT, MSc, Belgian Certified Hand Therapist)
Nationality: Dutch

image001.jpgName: Marie Pételet (PT, Belgian Certified Hand Therapist)
Nationality: Belgian

Completed Projects

HandART Project: Hand Assessment Recommendations for Therapy (2016)
Lucelle van de Ven-Stevens started a project, including a Delphi Study, to reach consensus in Europe on instruments that can be used in Hand Therapy to evaluate body functions (impairments) and activity (limitations).
HandART: A core set of assessment tools to be used in Hand Therapy that includes as few instruments as possible to be practical, but as many as necessary to assess body functions and activities that are relevant to persons with a hand injury or hand disorder according to the Brief ICF Core Set for Hand conditions.
HandART-study-EFSHT-website Research-part-2013.pdf

The European HANDGUIDEstudy (2009-2014)
Bionka Huisstede started a guideline project in February 2009 with a funding for three years. The goal was to achieve European consensus on treatment guidelines. The project resulted in five peer-reviewed publications, describing multidisciplinary consensus for treatment for Carpal tunnel syndrome (2014), Trigger finger (2014), de Quervain disease (2014), Guyon´s canal syndrome (2013) and Dupuytren´s disease (2013).

ICF Consensus Conference (2009)
The 'ICF Core Sets for Hand Conditions' have been developed by an International ICF Consensus group working in collaboration with WHO. The aim was to implement the ICF Core set for Hand Conditions and 'linking' it to daily clinical practice. The comprehensive and the brief core set for hand conditions are available at

Delphi round in Mallet finger for EFHST consensus (2008)