Launch of Splinting Guidelines for Occupational Therapists Working with Adults with Rheumatological Conditions

New AOTI member resource published

Splinting Guidelines 2023


We are delighted to launch our latest publication Splinting Guidelines for Occupational Therapists Working with Adults with Rheumatological Conditions which was developed by members of the Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disorders Advisory Group (RMDAG). The purpose of these guidelines is to provide Occupational Therapists who work with patients who have rheumatological & musculoskeletal disorders (RMDs) with a resource for splinting. It is intended that it can be used by Occupational Therapists with a wide range of skills and in various clinical settings.


These guidelines have been written by experienced Occupational Therapists working in the specialty of rheumatology and related conditions in Ireland. They are based on their collective knowledge of what constitutes best splint designs and which splints afford the most effective results for the patient in clinical practice today. Members of the RMDAG have shared clinical experience for many years and previously they circulated a small splinting handbook (produced in 2003) which was an invaluable resource for therapists in practice. It is hoped that this new and improved Splinting Guideline will contribute towards helping Occupational Therapists to provide effective and high-quality, evidence-based splinting as part of their treatment.


We would like to congratulate and thank the Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Disorders Advisory Group for developing this valuable new resource for AOTI members. The document was prepared and edited by Bindu Irudayaraj, Katie McCausland and Susan Somerville with contributions from Emer Sheridan, Alex Businos, Jane Brownlee, Oriel Glennon, Aoife Synott, Trish Fitzgerald, Yvonne Codd and Brid McOsker.   


The Splinting Guidelines can be downloaded here or in the Publications section. As this is a member-only resource, you must be logged in to download it.


25th October 2023


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