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 description: Job description SC Member 2015.1.pdf

SC Documents


PSC Presentation Lyons

Committee members

CHAIR: Tone Vaksvik (OT, PhD) Norway
Lucelle van de Ven-Stevens (OT, PhD) The Netherlands
Barbera Aegler (OT, MSc) Switzerland
Fay Zicheck (OT, MSc) Switzerland
Giulia Pompili (PT, PhD student) Italy

Congresses of the EFSHT

Main task of the Scientific Committee is to review abstracts for the EFSHT congresses and assist in organizing the congresses.


Guidelines Project - Bionka Huisstede
She started work in February 2009 and has funding for three years. The goal is to achieve European consensus on treatment guidelines. Knowledge from different centres will be shared and the aim is to give patients the best possible treatment.

There are two stages in this process:
Step 1 - Evidence based information (Systematic reviews)
Step 2 - Expert opinion (done by Delphi consensus strategy)
Tendinopathies (De Quervains, Trigger Finger)
Dupuytren's disease
Nerve Entrapments (CTS, Guyons canal)

Where is what research going on?
To create a list of research that some therapists are doing in each EFSHT country.
The aim is to provide an overview of projects and persons involved in research in the hand therapy field.

Clinical Assessments Recommendations (CAR)
Joy MacDermid has been working on an update and has asked several experts in Europe if they want to write a chapter for the Update of the Clinical Assessments Recommendations. This update could be used in the EFSHT guidelines on Assessment project.

ICF Consensus Conference
There is an International ICF Consensus group working on 'ICF Core Sets for Hand Conditions' in collaboration with WHO. The aim is to implement the ICF Core set for Hand Conditions and 'linking' it to daily clinical practice will be the next challenge.