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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

Rebecca Abrahams, Karen P Y Liu, Michelle Bissett, Paul Fahey, Karen S L Cheung, Rosalind Bye, Katrina Chaudhary, Leung-Wing Chu
BACKGROUND/AIM: Occupational therapists and health practitioners commonly provide interventions to family caregivers of people with dementia with the aim of relieving burden, depression, and disruptions in health and social support. To date, the effects of multicomponent interventions specifically targeting these four important outcomes has not been established. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of multicomponent interventions on four outcomes for co-residing family caregivers of people with dementia...
March 12, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Miranda Thew, Yvonne Thomas, Michelle Briggs
BACKGROUND: Although Role Emerging Placements (REP) are now a common feature in pre-registration occupational therapy curricula, there is a need to expand the understanding of the impact of this experience on employability, practice and career path of qualified occupational therapists. METHOD: A case finding online survey was used to create a purposive sample for Thematic Analysis of semi-structured interviews with practising occupational therapists from one UK Masters' level pre-registration occupational therapy program...
March 11, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Kellie B Emmerson, Katherine E Harding, Kylee J Lockwood, Nicholas F Taylor
BACKGROUND: Allied health professionals working in rehabilitation often prescribe home exercise programs. Smart technology offers an alternative format for presentation of home exercise programs with potential advantages over traditional paper-based programs, but how do patients feel about this? DESIGN: This qualitative analysis was part of a convergent mixed methods design, using in depth, semi-structured interviews to explore the lived experience of patients utilising touch screen tablets to support an upper limb home exercise program post stroke...
March 11, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Cally Kent, Reinie Cordier, Annette Joosten, Sarah Wilkes-Gillan, Anita Bundy
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) frequently demonstrate impaired play skills and poor quality social interactions compared to typically developing peers. Complex interventions to improve play skills should be investigated with randomised control trials (RCT) where possible to support evidence-based practice for occupational therapists. Prior to a RCT, multiple feasibility studies are recommended to identify barriers to the trial. The aim of this study is to adapt a complex intervention to improve play skills in children with ASD and investigate the feasibility of conducting a RCT...
March 11, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Rebecca Cooksley, Emma Maguire, Natasha A Lannin, Carolyn A Unsworth, Michelle Farquhar, Claire Galea, Biswadev Mitra, Julia Schmidt
BACKGROUND/AIM: Approximately, 80% of traumatic brain injuries are considered mild in severity. Mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) may cause temporary or persisting impairments that can adversely affect an individual's ability to participate in daily occupations and life roles. This study aimed to identify symptoms, factors predicting level of symptoms and functional and psycho-social outcomes for participants with mTBI three months following injury. METHOD: Patients discharged from the Emergency Department of a major metropolitan hospital with a diagnosis of mTBI were contacted by telephone three months after injury...
March 2, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Annabel McNamara, Christopher John Barr, Malcolm J Bond, Stacey George
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Useful Field of View scores are predictive of on-road performance post-stroke. No objective data exist to determine if the Useful Field of View (UFOV) assessment can be used as a repeated measure in the post-stroke population to determine timing of occupational therapy on-road assessment as recovery occurs. The aims of this study were to determine whether there is a practice effect if the UFOV is administered at one, two and three months' post-stroke and to assess optimal time post-stroke to refer to an on-road assessment...
February 20, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Jackie Eagers, Richard C Franklin, Matthew K Yau, Kieran Broome
BACKGROUND: The transition from work to retirement is a complex process and unique experience with a relationship existing between work and retirement with implications for health in later life. This review explored the relationship between pre-retirement job and participation in the work-to-retirement transition process in Australia by exploring: (i) factors influencing retirement in relation to pre-retirement job; (ii) how jobs are classified; (iii) the effect of pre-retirement job (based on categories) on this occupational transition; and (iv) the potential role for occupational therapy in this occupational transition...
January 24, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Caitlin Axford, Annette V Joosten, Courtenay Harris
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children are reported to spend less time engaged in outdoor activity and object-related play than in the past. The increased use and mobility of technology, and the ease of use of tablet devices are some of the factors that have contributed to these changes. Concern has been raised that the use of such screen and surface devices in very young children is reducing their fine motor skill development. We examined the effectiveness of iPad applications that required specific motor skills designed to improve fine motor skills...
January 21, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Ted Brown, Sharon A Gutman, Yuh-Shan Ho
BACKGROUND: Bibliometrics refers to the collection and measurement of publishing and citation data configurations with the goal of quantifying the influence of scholarly activities. Advantages of bibliometrics include the generation of quantitative indicators of impact, productivity, quality and collaboration. Those parties who benefit from the results of bibliometric analysis include researchers, educators, journal publishers, employers and research funding bodies. METHODS: A bibliometric analysis was completed of peer-reviewed literature from 1991 to 2015, written by Australian occupational therapists (who were able to be identified as such), and indexed in the Science Citation Index-Expanded (SCI-Expanded) or the Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI) databases...
January 18, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Gabrielle Klymenko, Karen P Y Liu, Michelle Bissett, Kenneth N K Fong, Nandana Welage, Rebecca S M Wong
BACKGROUND/AIM: A review of the literature related to in-hand manipulation (IHM) revealed that there is no assessment which specifically measures this construct in the adult population. This study reports the face and content validity of an IHM assessment for adults with impaired hand function based on expert opinion. METHODS: The definition of IHM skills, assessment tasks and scoring methods identified from literature was discussed in a focus group (n = 4) to establish face validity...
January 17, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Masne Kadar, Suhaili Ibrahim, Nor Afifi Razaob, Siaw Chui Chai, Dzalani Harun
BACKGROUND/AIM: The Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale is a tool often used to assess independence among elderly at home. Its suitability to be used with the elderly population in Malaysia has not been validated. This current study aimed to assess the validity and reliability of the Lawton Instrumental Activities of Daily Living Scale - Malay Version to Malay speaking elderly in Malaysia. METHODS: This study was divided into three phases: (1) translation and linguistic validity involving both forward and backward translations; (2) establishment of face validity and content validity; and (3) establishment of reliability involving inter-rater, test-retest and internal consistency analyses...
January 9, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Laura de Lange, Emma Coyle, Helen Todd, Cylie Williams
BACKGROUND/AIM: Home modifications maintain people's functional independence and safety. No literature exists to guide the prescription of home modifications for clients with bariatric care needs. With Australia's increasing obesity rate, more evidence is needed to support home modification prescribers. This study aimed to map Australian home modification prescribing practices for clients with bariatric care needs and to establish and evaluate a clinical resource for this prescription process...
January 5, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Mong-Lin Yu, Ted Brown, Carolynne White, Celia Marston, Laura Thyer
BACKGROUND/AIM: Interpersonal skills such as active listening, verbal communication and body language are essential competencies for occupational therapists, and students are expected to demonstrate these skills when completing practice placements. To investigate whether interpersonal skills are predictive of occupational therapy students' practice performance. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was conducted involving third and fourth year occupational therapy undergraduate students (n = 70)...
January 3, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Corrin Walmsley, Susan Taylor, Timothy Parkins, Leeanne Carey, Sonya Girdler, Catherine Elliott
BACKGROUND/AIM: Somatosensation is the ability to detect and recognise body sensations such as touch, vibration, pressure, pain, temperature and proprioception. Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that is often accompanied by impairments in somatosensation. Current somatosensory assessments have limited psychometrics established for use with these children. The aim of this study was to identify therapists' current practice and perspectives related to the assessment of somatosensation in children with neurological disorders...
December 28, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Susan Taylor, Belinda McLean, Eve Blair, Leeanne Mary Carey, Jane Valentine, Sonya Girdler, Catherine Elliott
BACKGROUND: The sense_assess© kids is a standardised, norm-referenced assessment designed to measure the functional somatosensation capacity of the upper limb of children with cerebral palsy. The objective of the current study was to determine if the sense_assess© kids was clinically acceptable to children and youth. METHODS: A questionnaire was completed by participants following administration of the sense_assess© kids by a trained occupational therapist. Twenty-six children with spastic hemiplegic cerebral palsy (aged 6-15 years six months; mean 10 years eight months; 16 boys) were recruited...
December 28, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Louise Gustafsson
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February 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Alana Hewitt, Sally Day
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February 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Owen Howlett, Carol McKinstry, Natasha A Lannin
BACKGROUND/AIM: Allied health professionals frequently use surveys to collect data for clinical practice and service improvement projects. Careful development and piloting of purpose-designed surveys is important to ensure intended measuring (that respondents correctly interpret survey items when responding). Cognitive interviewing is a specific technique that can improve the design of self-administered surveys. The aim of this study was to describe the use of the cognitive interviewing process to improve survey design, which involved a purpose-designed, online survey evaluating staff use of functional electrical stimulation...
December 22, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Rachel J Biddiscombe, Justin Newton Scanlan, Jessica Ross, Sarah Horsfield, Jessica Aradas, Susan Hart
BACKGROUND/AIM: Recovery from eating disorders is a challenging process. Emerging literature suggests that occupational therapists may provide a useful contribution in delivering purposeful eating-related interventions as a potential treatment to support sustained cognitive and behavioural changes for individuals with eating disorders. This study aimed to evaluate participants' perceptions of the contribution of occupational therapy practical food groups (food based outings and cooking groups) in supporting their functional recovery...
December 22, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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