D Power. Editorial. The Internet Journal of Hand Surgery. 2006 Volume 1 Number 1.
Hand surgery is a fascinating specialty that bridges the divide between orthopaedic and plastic surgery. Reconstruction of the injured hand is rewarding since the restoration of function is readily apparent to both the surgeon and the patient alike.
Hand surgery would be useless without the dedicated expertise of hand therapists who work tirelessly to improve surgical outcome, minimise complications and optimise patients' functional recovery and return to work.
The specialty is a truly multidisciplinary field and this journal has been created in order to pool knowledge for the benefit of our patients.
The journal will provide a forum for discussion of new concepts, technical instruction and evidence-based review of current literature. There will be a section for audit and clinical governance as applicable to hand surgery and a regular section covering training issues, clinical case scenarios, OSCEs and MCQs.
The aim of the journal is inclusivity and the editorial board welcome contributions and suggestions for improvement and future content. We have an outline plan of evidence-based review articles for the next two years and if you would like to contribute but are keen to avoid an area already commissioned and in preparation, then please email the editorial board for further advice.
I hope you enjoy reading the journal.
Dominic Power FRCS Tr & Orth
Internet Journal of Hand Surgery