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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524365/revision-of-the-competency-standards-for-occupational-therapy-driver-assessors-an-overview-of-the-evidence-for-the-inclusion-of-cognitive-and-perceptual-assessments-within-fitness-to-drive-evaluations
#1
REVIEW
Sally M Fields, Carolyn A Unsworth
BACKGROUND/AIM: Determination of fitness-to-drive after illness or injury is a complex process typically requiring a comprehensive driving assessment, including off-road and on-road assessment components. The competency standards for occupational therapy driver assessors (Victoria, Australia) define the requirements for performance of a comprehensive driving assessment, and we are currently revising these. Assessment of cognitive and perceptual skills forms an important part of the off-road assessment...
May 19, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524355/embracing-international-students-in-occupational-therapy-higher-education-in-australia-challenge-or-asset
#2
Mong-Lin Yu, Ted Brown, Louise Farnworth
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 19, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513084/exploring-the-role-of-occupational-therapy-in-caring-for-cancer-survivors-in-australia-a-cross-sectional-study
#3
Nicole Buckland, Lynette Mackenzie
BACKGROUND/AIM: With increasing rates of cancer survival in Australia, more people are living with long-term side effects of cancer and its treatment, and cancer survivorship is now considered a distinct phase of cancer care. While occupational therapists play an integral role in multidisciplinary care for people with chronic conditions, there is little evidence documenting the occupational therapy role for people living with chronic cancer-related conditions. This study aimed to explore the views of Australian occupational therapists about current practice and what constitutes best practice for cancer survivors...
May 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512858/comprehension-of-handwriting-development-pen-grip-kinetics-in-handwriting-tasks-and-its-relation-to-fine-motor-skills-among-school-age-children
#4
Yu-Chen Lin, Yen-Li Chao, Shyi-Kuen Wu, Ho-Hsio Lin, Chieh-Hsiang Hsu, Hsiao-Man Hsu, Li-Chieh Kuo
BACKGROUND/AIM: Numerous tools have been developed to evaluate handwriting performances by analysing written products. However, few studies have directly investigated kinetic performances of digits when holding a pen. This study thus attempts to investigate pen-grip kinetics during writing tasks of school-age children and explore the relationship between the kinetic factors and fine motor skills. METHODS: This study recruited 181 children aged from 5 to 12 years old and investigated the effects of age on handwriting kinetics and the relationship between these and fine motor skills...
May 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508437/characteristics-and-consequences-of-falls-among-older-adult-trauma-patients-considerations-for-injury-prevention-programs
#5
Tracy Chippendale, Patricia A Gentile, Melissa K James
BACKGROUND/AIM: Health promotion and prevention is an important component of occupational therapy practice. Falls are one of the most common causes of ER visits among older adults and injurious falls requiring trauma care can have a significant impact on the health and quality of life of elders. The aim of this study was to compare characteristics and consequences of falls among older adult trauma patients across different age groups with an eye towards informing injury prevention programs...
May 15, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28503743/benchmarking-the-research-track-record-and-level-of-appointment-of-australian-occupational-therapy-academics
#6
Kieran Broome, Marion Gray
BACKGROUND: Academic faculty are active contributors to the evidence base of the profession. Little is known about the research productivity of Australian occupational therapy academics. METHODS: A bibliographic analysis of Australian occupational therapy faculty websites and corresponding Scopus citation database profiles was conducted. A description of current research productivity benchmarks and relationships with holding a doctorate, academic appointment level and institutional characteristics were explored...
May 14, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386952/student-perspectives-of-a-student-led-groups-program-model-of-professional-practice-education-in-a-brain-injury-rehabilitation-unit
#7
Freyr Patterson, Jennifer Fleming, Kathryn Marshall, Nadine Ninness
BACKGROUND/AIM: Professional practice education is a core and essential component of occupational therapy training. With increasing numbers of education programmes and more students requiring professional practice placements, development of innovative models of professional practice education has emerged, but these require investigation. The aim of this study was to investigate student experiences and perceptions of the Student-Led Groups Program model of professional practice education in an inpatient brain injury rehabilitation unit...
April 7, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383819/can-smartphones-measure-momentary-quality-of-life-and-participation-a-proof-of-concept-using-experience-sampling-surveys-with-university-students
#8
Jacki Liddle, Anna Wishink, Liz Springfield, Louise Gustafsson, David Ireland, Peter Silburn
BACKGROUND: Understanding quality of life and participation is a key aspect of occupational therapy research. The use of smartphones to deliver experience-sampling surveys may provide an accessible way to monitor these outcomes. This study used smartphone-based experience sampling methods (ESM) to investigate factors influencing momentary quality of life (mQOL) of university students. METHODS: A convenience sample of students at an Australian university participated...
April 6, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378449/stroke-survivors-experiences-of-using-the-graded-repetitive-arm-supplementary-program-grasp-in-an-australian-acute-hospital-setting-a-mixed-methods-pilot-study
#9
Yuki Murdolo, Ted Brown, Leesa Fielding, Stephen Elliott, Elizabeth Castles
BACKGROUND/AIM: The Graded Repetitive Arm Supplementary Program (GRASP) has been designed to increase the frequency of upper limb therapy sessions occurring without the presence of a therapist. Its use has not been studied when implemented in acute care settings with patients presenting with a stroke within the first week of onset. To investigate patients' experiences of using the GRASP when provided within the first week in an acute stroke setting. METHODS: A concurrent nested mixed methods design was used...
April 5, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378428/simulation-in-occupational-therapy-curricula-a-literature-review
#10
Sally Bennett, Roger Sylvia, Cate Fitzgerald, Libby Gibson
BACKGROUND/AIM: Simulated learning experiences are increasingly being used in health-care education to enhance student engagement and provide experiences that reflect clinical practice; however, simulation has not been widely investigated in occupational therapy curricula. The aim of this paper was to: (i) describe the existing research about the use and evaluation of simulation over the last three decades in occupational therapy curricula and (ii) consider how simulation has been used to develop competence in students...
April 5, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398624/patient-mediated-interventions-are-an-under-utilised-approach-to-increasing-knowledge-translation-in-occupational-therapy
#11
EDITORIAL
Kate Laver
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398623/it-is-not-yet-established-whether-occupational-therapy-for-people-after-total-hip-arthroplasty-is-effective-in-improving-outcomes-or-reducing-the-risk-of-adverse-events
#12
Kate Laver, Bianca Summers
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398621/a-sense-of-belonging-how-connectedness-motivates-engagement-in-meaningful-activities-for-people-with-dementia
#13
Sanetta H J du du Toit, Margaret McGrath
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211060/shifting-gears-an-inpatient-medical-record-audit-and-post-discharge-survey-of-return-to-driving-following-stroke-transient-ischaemic-attack
#14
Janet Frith, Helen Warren-Forward, Isobel Hubbard, Carole James
BACKGROUND/AIM: In Australia, all stroke survivors should not drive for four weeks and transient ischaemic attack (TIA) survivors should not drive for two weeks. This study investigates the provision of return-to-driving education in the acute hospital setting and the use of this education by a cohort of Australian patients who have experienced a mild stroke or TIA and who are discharged directly home from their acute hospital admission. METHODS: A medical record audit was conducted of stroke patients discharged home from a regional hospital in Australia...
February 16, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181289/letter-to-the-editor-re-article-cognitive-performance-in-women-with-fibromyalgia-by-de-heredia-torres-and-colleagues
#15
LETTER
Jenny Strong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181288/editorial-how-many-courses-for-how-many-jobs-enduring-questions-in-need-of-research-based-answers
#16
EDITORIAL
Anne Cusick
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181286/there-is-insufficient-or-mixed-evidence-about-which-interventions-can-improve-occupational-performance-for-people-with-cognitive-impairment-after-stroke
#17
Tammy Hoffmann, Sally Eames
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181285/strong-evidence-for-activity-of-daily-living-interventions-improving-functional-performance-in-home-and-community-settings-in-stroke-rehabilitation
#18
Stacey George, Louise Gustafsson
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27699792/evidence-based-occupational-therapy-for-people-with-dementia-and-their-families-what-clinical-practice-guidelines-tell-us-and-implications-for-practice
#19
Kate Laver, Robert Cumming, Suzanne Dyer, Meera Agar, Kaarin J Anstey, Elizabeth Beattie, Henry Brodaty, Tony Broe, Lindy Clemson, Maria Crotty, Margaret Dietz, Brian Draper, Leon Flicker, Meg Friel, Louise Heuzenroeder, Susan Koch, Sue Kurrle, Rhonda Nay, Dimity Pond, Jane Thompson, Yvonne Santalucia, Craig Whitehead, Mark Yates
BACKGROUND/AIM: The first evidence-based Clinical Practice Guidelines and Principles of Care for People with Dementia in Australia have been released. The Guidelines detail a number of important evidence-based recommendations for occupational therapists. The aim of this paper is (1) to provide an overview of Guideline development, and (2) to describe the evidence supporting a recommendation for occupational therapy. Common characteristics of effective occupational therapy programmes for people with dementia are described...
February 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27646500/graphomotor-skills-in-children-with-prenatal-alcohol-exposure-and-fetal-alcohol-spectrum-disorder-a-population-based-study-in-remote-australia
#20
Robyn Doney, Barbara R Lucas, Tracy Jirikowic, Tracey W Tsang, Rochelle E Watkins, Kay Sauer, Peter Howat, Jane Latimer, James P Fitzpatrick, June Oscar, Maureen Carter, Elizabeth J Elliott
BACKGROUND/AIM: Few studies have examined graphomotor skills in children with prenatal alcohol exposure (PAE) or fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). METHODS: Graphomotor skills were assessed in 108 predominantly Australian Aboriginal children aged 7.5-9.6 years in remote Western Australia using clinical observations (pencil grasp; writing pressure) and standardised assessment tools (the Evaluation Tool of Children's Handwriting; and the Miller Function and Participation Scales - The Draw-a-Kid Game)...
February 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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