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American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218601/my-vocational-situation-mvs-case-example-and-psychometric-review
#1
Kristian P Nitsch, Jessica Pedersen, Alexandra Miliotto, Brett Petersen, Samantha Robbins, Ana Garcia, Molly Ansel Hoisington, Kimberly J The, Jill Smiley, Timothy Janikowski
This case report provides an overview of the psychometric properties and clinical utility of the My Vocational Situation (MVS) instrument. The accompanying hypothetical case description illustrates how clinicians could use the MVS to evaluate vocational preferences and outcomes and how the MVS can be used to inform treatment planning and rehabilitation decision making. The information contained in this report is intended to familiarize clinicians with the administration and scoring of the MVS, the psychometric information necessary to interpret results obtained from the MVS, and how the results could be used to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218600/research-opportunities-in-the-area-of-people-with-autism-spectrum-disorder
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The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) Evidence-Based Practice Project has developed a table summarizing the research opportunities on people with autism spectrum disorder. The table provides an overview of the state of the current available evidence on interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice and is based on the systematic reviews from the AOTA Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines Series. Researchers, students, and clinicians can use this information in developing innovative research to answer important questions within the occupational therapy field...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218599/using-a-multifaceted-approach-to-working-with-children-who-have-differences-in-sensory-processing-and-integration
#3
Stacey Reynolds, Tara J Glennon, Karla Ausderau, Roxanna M Bendixen, Heather Miller Kuhaneck, Beth Pfeiffer, Renee Watling, Kimberly Wilkinson, Stefanie C Bodison
Pediatric occupational therapy practitioners frequently provide interventions for children with differences in sensory processing and integration. Confusion exists regarding how best to intervene with these children and about how to describe and document methods. Some practitioners hold the misconception that Ayres Sensory Integration intervention is the only approach that can and should be used with this population. The issue is that occupational therapy practitioners must treat the whole client in varied environments; to do so effectively, multiple approaches to intervention often are required...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218598/interactive-tools-for-measuring-visual-scanning-performance-and-reaction-time
#4
Johnell Brooks, Julia Seeanner, Sarah Hennessy, Joseph Manganelli, Matthew Crisler, Patrick Rosopa, Casey Jenkins, Michael Anderson, Nathalie Drouin, Leah Belle, Constance Truesdail, Stephanie Tanner
Occupational therapists are constantly searching for engaging, high-technology interactive tasks that provide immediate feedback to evaluate and train clients with visual scanning deficits. This study examined the relationship between two tools: the VISION COACH™ interactive light board and the Functional Object Detection(©) (FOD) Advanced driving simulator scenario. Fifty-four healthy drivers, ages 21-66 yr, were divided into three age groups. Participants performed braking response and visual target (E) detection tasks of the FOD Advanced driving scenario, followed by two sets of three trials using the VISION COACH Full Field 60 task...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218597/single-case-experimental-design-current-standards-and-applications-in-occupational-therapy
#5
Justin D Lane, Jennifer R Ledford, David L Gast
Occupational therapy is a field with a long-standing history of recommending and implementing interventions designed to improve the quality of life of clients with disabilities. Often, the interventions are individualized to meet the needs of this diverse group of clients in dynamic settings. Identifying effective and efficient interventions for such a diverse group of clients and settings requires a flexible research approach. Single-case experimental designs (SCEDs) allow practitioners and researchers to answer experimental questions within the context of rigorous research designs...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218596/forced-aerobic-exercise-preceding-task-practice-improves-motor-recovery-poststroke
#6
Susan M Linder, Anson B Rosenfeldt, Tanujit Dey, Jay L Alberts
OBJECTIVE: To understand how two types of aerobic exercise affect upper-extremity motor recovery post-stroke. Our aims were to (1) evaluate the feasibility of having people who had a stroke complete an aerobic exercise intervention and (2) determine whether forced or voluntary exercise differentially facilitates upper-extremity recovery when paired with task practice. METHOD: Seventeen participants with chronic stroke completed twenty-four 90-min sessions over 8 wk...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218595/effect-of-home-modification-interventions-on-the-participation-of-community-dwelling-adults-with-health-conditions-a-systematic-review
#7
Susan Stark, Marian Keglovits, Marian Arbesman, Deborah Lieberman
OBJECTIVE: This systematic review investigated the role of home modification interventions to improve participation outcomes for community-living adults and older adults. METHOD: Thirty-six articles met the inclusion criteria. The majority of the studies investigated older adult populations and used occupational therapists as interventionists. RESULTS: Strong evidence was found for home modification interventions to improve function for people with a variety of health conditions and for both single and multicomponent interventions that included home modifications to reduce the rate and risk of falls among older adults...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218594/junior-investigators-thinking-about-quitting-research-a-survey
#8
Mary Ellen Stoykov, Kimberly A Skarupski, Kharma Foucher, Susan Chubinskaya
OBJECTIVE: Junior tenure-track faculty report high levels of stress and low satisfaction; the increasingly competitive funding environment compounds this discontent. We examined factors associated with junior investigators who were thinking about quitting research. METHOD: Data were collected as part of a program evaluation of an interdisciplinary research mentoring program in an academic medical center. RESULTS: Of the 62 mentees, 44 responded to the survey (71%)...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218593/video-feedback-intervention-to-enhance-the-safety-of-older-drivers-with-cognitive-impairment
#9
Brian R Ott, Jennifer D Davis, Kimberly Bixby
OBJECTIVE: To demonstrate that g-force technology can be used to help older adults with cognitive impairment improve their driving safety as part of an in-car video feedback intervention. METHOD: Unsafe driving events triggered g-forces leading to capture of video clips. The program included 3 mo of monitoring without intervention, 3 mo of intervention (weekly written progress reports, a DVD of unsafe driving events, and weekly telephone contacts), and 3 mo of postintervention monitoring...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218592/using-serial-trichotomization-with-common-cognitive-tests-to-screen-for-fitness-to-drive
#10
Carrie Gibbons, Nathan Smith, Randy Middleton, John Clack, Bruce Weaver, Sacha Dubois, Michel Bédard
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to illustrate the use of serial trichotomization with five common tests of cognition to achieve greater precision in screening for fitness to drive. METHOD: We collected data (using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, Motor-Free Visual Perception Test, Clock-Drawing Test, Trail Making Test Part A and B [Trails B], and an on-road driving test) from 83 people referred for a driving evaluation. We identified cutpoints for 100% sensitivity and specificity for each test; the driving test was the gold standard...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218591/explicit-or-hidden-exploring-how-occupation-is-taught-in-occupational-therapy-curricula-in-the-united-states
#11
Sheama Krishnagiri, Barb Hooper, Pollie Price, Steven D Taff, Andrea Bilics
OBJECTIVE: Occupation is considered core and threshold knowledge for occupational therapy, yet how it is conveyed through education is not well understood. This study examined how the concept of occupation was taught in occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant curricula in the United States. METHOD: Using a qualitative descriptive research design, in-depth interviews, video recordings, and artifacts of teaching occupation were collected from 25 programs, chosen using stratified random sampling...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218590/professional-reward-in-the-academic-fieldwork-coordinator-role
#12
Patricia Stutz-Tanenbaum, David Greene, Debra J Hanson, Jeanette Koski
The purpose of this national survey was to explore perceptions of professional reward among occupational therapist (OT) and occupational therapy assistant (OTA) academic fieldwork coordinators (AFWCs). Agreement was found in ranking the value of six role factors: (1) fieldwork data management, (2) fieldwork site management, (3) fieldwork teaching and consultation, (4) departmental and institutional compliance, (5) scholarship and accreditation, and (6) laying groundwork for students in fieldwork. Both levels of AFWC indicated teaching and consultation had the highest value and data management the least...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218589/visual-and-haptic-perception-training-to-improve-handwriting-skills-in-children-with-dysgraphia
#13
Shao-Hsia Chang, Nan-Ying Yu
We investigated a visual-perceptual and haptic-perceptual training program to enhance motor skills and Chinese handwriting performance among children with handwriting difficulties. The participants were 28 first- and second-grade children with handwriting difficulties. They were matched according to age and then randomly assigned into a control group or an experimental group. Participants in the experimental group received 12 sessions of a training program, whereas those in the control group received conventional handwriting training...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218588/psychometric-properties-of-the-parents-as-partners-in-intervention-papi-questionnaires
#14
Amiya Waldman-Levi, Idit Hirsch, Galia Gutwillig, Shula Parush
This article describes two studies that focused on parents' expectations and satisfaction with occupational therapy intervention for their children (N = 208). The first study determined the psychometric properties of the Parents as Partners in Intervention (PAPI) Questionnaire set (n = 146). The 2nd study examined parental expectations, satisfaction, and perception of their child's functional gains from individual- (n = 30 parents) and group- (n = 32 parents) based interventions. Overall, the results of these studies further support the PAPI Questionnaire set's validity and reliability and suggest that parents' expectations are high and not necessarily in line with their actual satisfaction with the outcomes of their child's intervention and functional gains...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218587/child-s-sensory-profile-and-adult-playfulness-as-predictors-of-parental-self-efficacy
#15
Rosa Román-Oyola, Stacey Reynolds, Ivonnellys Soto-Feliciano, Laura Cabrera-Mercader, Jessica Vega-Santana
Parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have difficulty engaging their children through play, thus affecting the parent-child relationship and parental self-efficacy. This study intended to examine children's sensory profile and adults' playfulness as predictors of parental self-efficacy. A total of 136 parents of children ages 3-7 yr completed the Short Sensory Profile, the Playfulness Scale for Adults, and the Tool to Measure Parenting Self-Efficacy. For the parental couples of children with ASD, the most relevant predictor of general parental self-efficacy was the child's sensory profile...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218586/systematic-review-of-occupational-therapy-and-adult-cancer-rehabilitation-part-2-impact-of-multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-and-psychosocial-sexuality-and-return-to-work-interventions
#16
Elizabeth G Hunter, Robert W Gibson, Marian Arbesman, Mariana D'Amico
This article is the second part of a systematic review of evidence for the effectiveness of cancer rehabilitation interventions within the scope of occupational therapy that address the activity and participation needs of adult cancer survivors. This article focuses on the use of multidisciplinary rehabilitation and interventions that address psychosocial outcomes, sexuality, and return to work. Strong evidence indicates that multidisciplinary rehabilitation benefits cancer survivors and that psychosocial strategies can reduce anxiety and depression...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218585/systematic-review-of-occupational-therapy-and-adult-cancer-rehabilitation-part-1-impact-of-physical-activity-and-symptom-management-interventions
#17
Elizabeth G Hunter, Robert W Gibson, Marian Arbesman, Mariana D'Amico
This article is the first part of a systematic review of evidence for the effectiveness of cancer rehabilitation interventions within the scope of occupational therapy that address the activity and participation needs of adult cancer survivors. This article focuses on the importance of physical activity and symptom management. Strong evidence supports the use of exercise for cancer-related fatigue and indicates that lymphedema is not exacerbated by exercise. Moderate evidence supports the use of yoga to relieve anxiety and depression and indicates that exercise as a whole may contribute to a return to precancer levels of sexual activity...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218584/occupational-engagement-in-low-income-latina-breast-cancer-survivors
#18
Alix G Sleight
OBJECTIVE: This qualitative study examined the experience of occupational engagement in low-income Latina breast cancer survivors and suggests the potential for occupational therapy practitioners to improve health outcomes in this vulnerable and underserved population. METHOD: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 9 participants. Inductive analysis was used to code for themes and patterns related to occupational engagement and quality of life (QOL). RESULTS: Lack of occupational engagement negatively affected QOL, but participation in occupations such as religious activity and caregiving promoted well-being...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218583/taking-our-seat-at-the-table-community-cancer-survivorship
#19
Katie M Polo, Caitlin Smith
Cancer survivors are at risk for occupational performance issues related to activities of daily living, instrumental activities of daily living, work, and social and community participation. Occupational therapy practitioners can address these performance issues by offering services within existing community cancer survivorship programs that focus on adaptive and compensatory strategies to facilitate meaningful lifestyles and optimize health and well-being. Occupational therapy services do not currently exist at these community sites, nor are occupational therapy practitioners recognized as providers in existing community cancer survivorship programs...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218582/primary-care-for-underserved-populations-navigating-policy-to-incorporate-occupational-therapy-into-federally-qualified-health-centers
#20
Aileen D Murphy, Vanessa M Griffith, Tracy M Mroz, Tracy L Jirikowic
Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) provide low- or no-cost primary care to medically underserved populations such as homeless or low-income people, migrant workers, and members of marginalized cultural groups. Occupational therapy services have the potential to help improve the health and functioning of FQHC patients. Using a FQHC serving American Indian/Alaska Native populations as a case example, we describe how occupational therapy is well suited to help meet the needs of medically underserved populations...
March 2017: American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
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