Evid Based Nurs 10:86 doi:10.1136/ebn.10.3.86
  • Treatment

Overnight splinting of the wrist in a neutral or extended position did not prevent contracture after stroke

 Q Does overnight splinting of the wrist prevent contracture after stroke? Is splinting in an extended position more effective than splinting in a neutral position?



randomised controlled trial.




blinded (outcome assessor).

GraphicFollow up period:

6 weeks.


9 inpatient rehabilitation and stroke units in Sydney, Australia.


63 patients ⩾18 years of age (mean age 71 y, 52% women) who had had a stroke in the previous 8 weeks (mean 4 wks), no active wrist extension, and sufficient cognitive and hearing function to participate in the trial.


neutral splint (0–10° extension) (n = 21), extension splint (comfortable end of range position [>45°] with the metacarpophalangeal and interphalangeal joints extended) (n = 21), or no splint (n = 21). Patients in the 2 splint groups wore the custom …

Free Sample

This recent issue is free to all users to allow everyone the opportunity to see the full scope and typical content of EBN.
View free sample issue >>

EBN Journal Chat

The EBN Journal Chat offers readers the opportunity to participate in discussion about research articles and commentaries from Evidence Based Nursing (EBN).

How to participate >>

Don't forget to sign up for content alerts so you keep up to date with all the articles as they are published.

Navigate This Article