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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344965/occupational-therapy-publications-by-australian-authors-a-bibliometric-analysis
#1
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341133/development-and-initial-validity-of-the-in-hand-manipulation-assessment
#2
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315609/validity-and-reliability-of-a-malay-version-of-the-lawton-instrumental-activities-of-daily-living-scale-among-the-malay-speaking-elderly-in-malaysia
#3
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314054/evidence-based-practice-guidelines-for-prescribing-home-modifications-for-clients-with-bariatric-care-needs
#4
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29297594/the-impact-of-undergraduate-occupational-therapy-students-interpersonal-skills-on-their-practice-education-performance-a-pilot-study
#5
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29284178/what-is-the-current-practice-of-therapists-in-the-measurement-of-somatosensation-in-children-with-cerebral-palsy-and-other-neurological-disorders
#6
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29282739/clinical-acceptability-of-the-sense_assess%C3%A2-kids-children-and-youth-perspectives
#7
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29270991/using-the-cognitive-interviewing-process-to-improve-survey-design-by-allied-health-a-qualitative-study
#8
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29270987/exploring-the-perceived-usefulness-of-practical-food-groups-in-day-treatment-for-individuals-with-eating-disorders
#9
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29266305/impact-of-adjusting-for-inter-rater-variability-in-conference-abstract-ranking-and-selection-processes
#10
Justin Newton Scanlan, Natasha A Lannin, Tammy Hoffmann, Mandy Stanley, Rachael McDonald
BACKGROUND/AIM: Scientific conferences provide a forum for clinicians, educators, students and researchers to share research findings. To be selected to present at a scientific conference, authors must submit a short abstract which is then rated on its scientific quality and professional merit and is accepted or rejected based on these ratings. Previous research has indicated that inter-rater variability can have a substantial impact on abstract selection decisions. For their 2015 conference, the Occupational Therapy Australia National Conference introduced a system to identify and adjust for inter-rater variability in the abstract ranking and selection process...
December 20, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165825/understanding-the-lived-experiences-of-parkinson-s-disease-and-deep-brain-stimulation-dbs-through-occupational-changes
#11
Jacki Liddle, Jessie Phillips, Louise Gustafsson, Peter Silburn
BACKGROUND: Deep brain stimulation (DBS), a surgically based treatment for people living with Parkinson's disease (PD), can result in a significant improvement of motor symptoms. However, the broader impact of DBS and the changes it creates are not well understood. Greater understanding of the experiences and needs related to DBS would enable development of relevant outcome measures and supports. OBJECTIVES: To explore the lived experiences of people undergoing DBS for Parkinson's disease...
November 22, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154387/postmodernism-and-beyond-in-occupational-therapy
#12
Craig Greber
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 20, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114891/mapping-an-australian-occupational-therapy-curriculum-linking-intended-learning-outcomes-with-entry-level-competency-standards
#13
Ben Sellar, Carolyn M Murray, Mandy Stanley, Hugh Stewart, Helene Hipp, Susan Gilbert-Hunt
BACKGROUND: Curriculum mapping involves systematic charting of programme content against professional competencies. This process can reveal strengths, gaps and redundancies within educational programmes. METHODS: Curriculum mapping occurred using intended learning (ILOs) as documented in individual courses and linking them to units and elements within the occupational therapy minimum competency standards (ACSOT) and Miller's Framework of competency. Five occupational therapy academics and two impartial research assistants identified links between ILOs and units and elements of the ACSOT...
November 8, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205389/early-intervention-the-challenge-to-find-the-best-approach-for-infant-and-family
#14
LETTER
Mijna Hadders-Algra
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205388/intelligent-assistive-technology-for-people-living-with-dementia-is-a-rapidly-growing-and-changing-area-requiring-clinical-consideration
#15
Jacki Liddle, Sandra J Smith
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205387/partnership-inclusion-and-innovation-in-occupational-therapy-essential-or-optional-ingredients-to-flourish-in-a-changing-environment
#16
Susan Gilbert Hunt
BACKGROUND/AIM: Historically occupational therapy has evidenced a tenacity to adjust and adapt to societal changes. Currently in Australia we are in the midst of significant change in health, disability and aged care service delivery alongside increasing numbers of new graduates seeking employment. Both of these changes create challenges and opportunities for the profession. How the profession adjusts to new service delivery models and supports new graduates in this changing work environment will influence our future...
December 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205386/editorial-sylvia-docker-lecture-award-silver-jubilee
#17
EDITORIAL
Anne Cusick, Rosalind Bye
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205385/simulator-based-occupational-therapy-driving-intervention-can-reduce-driving-errors-on-a-simulator-based-driving-assessment-in-combat-veterans-with-polytrauma
#18
Stacey George, Nicole de la Perrelle
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722152/pilot-of-the-boost-a%C3%A2-an-online-transition-planning-program-for-adolescents-with-autism
#19
Megan Hatfield, Nina Murray, Marina Ciccarelli, Torbjörn Falkmer, Marita Falkmer
BACKGROUND: Many adolescents with autism face difficulties with the transition from high school into post-school activities. The Better OutcOmes & Successful Transitions for Autism (BOOST-A™) is an online transition planning program which supports adolescents on the autism spectrum to prepare for leaving school. This study describes the development of the BOOST-A™ and aimed to determine the feasibility and viability of the program. METHODS: Two pilot studies were conducted...
December 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044612/is-there-an-occupational-therapy-employment-crisis-within-australia-an-investigation-into-two-consecutive-cohorts-of-occupational-therapy-graduates-from-a-single-victorian-university-identifying-trends-in-employment
#20
Pearse Fay, Lynne Adamson
BACKGROUND: Within the context of growing concerns about a potential oversupply of occupational therapist, this research examines when, where and how long new graduates take to gain employment and identifies influences upon the health and university systems. METHOD: A mixed method research design, using an online survey was adopted to investigate the topic. Two consecutive cohorts of graduates from a single university program were invited to participate. RESULTS: Seventy-five (58%) responses were received, with 63 (84%) currently employed in an occupational therapy role...
October 18, 2017: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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