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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

Ellana Welsby, Sonja Berrigan
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November 12, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Kirsti Haracz, Samantha Ashby
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November 11, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Sanetta Hj du Toit, Anne Honey
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November 8, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Carole L James, Isobel J Hubbard
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November 6, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Itaru Fukuzawa, Osamu Tokumaru, Nobuoki Eshima, Kira Bacal, Takaaki Kitano, Isao Yokoi
BACKGROUND/AIM: Re-employment is the goal of rehabilitation for many patients after stroke. This study retrospectively examined previously employed stroke survivors who were unable to return to work at time of discharge from hospital and identified factors which were correlated with successful re-employment following a rehabilitation programme involving occupational therapy at a support facility. Factors correlated with reactivation of drivers' licence after stroke were also investigated...
October 18, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Bethany Vousden, Sarah Wilkes-Gillan, Reinie Cordier, Elspeth Froude
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children with ASD are known to have lower play skills than their typically developing peers. However, the play skills of children with ASD are rarely investigated using observational measures in the context of their everyday peer-to-peer play interactions. To explore the play skills of children with ASD and their aged matched classmates during a peer-to-peer play interaction. METHODS: Using convenience sampling, four children with ASD (5-11 years) attending mainstream schools were recruited for this multiple case design study...
October 9, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Kristie J Harper, Karleen Llewellyn, Angela Jacques, Katharine Ingram, Sara Pearson, Annette Barton
BACKGROUND/AIM: Limited research has been available to support the use of the Kettle Test in a subacute rehabilitation setting with patients diagnosed with a variety of medical conditions. The Kettle Test is an occupation based performance measure designed to detect cognitive processes and function. The aim of this research was to measure the correlation between three cognitive tests, the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), Cognitive Functional Independence Measure (Cognitive FIM) and the Kettle Test...
October 9, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Shaminder Dhillon, Leah Dix, Sue Baptiste, Sandra Moll, Magda Stroinska, Patricia Solomon
BACKGROUND/AIM: While internationally educated occupational therapists (IEOTs) may assist Western countries in addressing workforce shortages, their transition to practice can be difficult. Provincial and national levels of government in Canada have funded initiatives to address the barriers experienced by IEOTs. The purpose of this study is to identify the key forces shaping the experiences of IEOTs transitioning to practice in Canada. METHODS: An interpretive description approach was taken to interview 11 IEOTs who graduated from the Occupational Therapy Examination and Practice Preparation (OTepp) program...
October 9, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Jenny Swan, Sandra E Carr, Colleen Fisher
BACKGROUND/AIM: There is anecdotal recognition within the profession that novice occupational therapists who perform well at interview do not necessarily make the best practising clinicians. Further anecdotal evidence suggests that it is difficult to tell (at interview) which occupational therapists will follow which path and whether further training can achieve excellence in existing staff. What is it that makes the difference? What attributes do those truly 'excellent' clinicians have that makes them better than others? METHOD: A two-round Delphi survey was utilised and 18 expert occupational therapists were purposively recruited from Perth's three adult tertiary hospitals...
October 9, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Kathryn Miller, Serafino Mancuso, Mark Tacey, Mark Walterfang, Dennis Velakoulis, Danielle Hitch
BACKGROUND/AIM: Assessment of cognitive function in people with neurosychiatric disorders can be challenging, due to behavioural and psychiatric symptomatology. The Behavioural Assesment Tool for Cognition and Higher Functioning (BATCH) is a validated observational tool that complements formal cognitive testing in this patient population. This study aimed to determine the capacity of the BATCH as a predictive tool for discharge planning. METHOD: BATCH scores for 330 consecutive admissions for assessment to a specialist neuropsychiatry unit between 2007 and 2015 were analysed...
October 9, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Jaya Mai Rose Saraswati, Benjamin Tyler Milbourn, Angus James Buchanan
BACKGROUND/AIM: Occupational therapists concern themselves with understanding engagement in everyday activity as a mode of facilitating wellbeing. However, there appears to be little consensus within the literature as to how engagement in meaningful activities contributes to wellbeing. Currently, there are no published evidence-based frameworks for wellbeing to support occupational therapy practitioners to address wellbeing with clients. The purpose of the study was to establish an evidence-based contemporary framework, domains and descriptive statements defining occupational wellbeing...
October 1, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Grace Ghalayini, Lisa O'Brien, Helen M Bourke-Taylor
BACKGROUND/AIM: Hands are commonly involved in burn trauma. Occupational therapy in the acute phase aims to reduce the risk of deformities and facilitate return to usual occupations. This study aimed to describe usual occupational therapy care at a major adult burns service, and measure recovery from hand burns in the first six months post-acute hospital discharge. METHOD: To describe usual occupational therapy care, an audit of patient contact statistics over six months was undertaken, and occupational therapy staff were interviewed...
October 1, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Tomomi McAuliffe, Yvonne Thomas, Sharmila Vaz, Torbjorn Falkmer, Reinie Cordier
BACKGROUND/AIM: Families of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) use family routines to provide predictability and structure to support occupational engagement of their family members. Mothers assume the major role to orchestrate occupations in constructing family routines, which may impact their health and wellbeing. However, the experiences of mothers in managing family routines and their health and wellbeing have not been the main focus in previous research. Thus, this study explored the experiences of mothers of children with ASD in managing family routines and their perceptions of the impact of family routines on their health and wellbeing...
September 28, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Amelia Di Tommaso, Alison Wicks, Jennie Scarvell, Stephen Isbel
BACKGROUND/AIM: Occupation and an occupational perspective of health and wellbeing are required to be taught in accredited occupational therapy programmes internationally. Current research into occupational therapy education has commonly focused on curriculum design and the experience of students and their developing skills for practice. Little research has focused on the perspectives of educators and in particular their own reflections and beliefs on the use of occupation in occupational therapy education...
September 28, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Naomi Josman, Sonya Meyer
BACKGROUND/AIM: Knowledge and understanding of deficits in executive functions has expanded in recent years and its relevance to occupational therapy has been established. The purpose of this review was to identify, analyse, synthesise and describe the updated occupational therapy scientific literature that addresses the subject of executive functions, specifically focusing on children and adolescents. METHOD: Scoping review methodology was implemented to map the occupational therapy literature on executive functions in children and adolescents over the past decade...
September 27, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Helen Larkin, Danielle Hitch
BACKGROUND/AIM: With rapid growth in occupational therapy education programmes across Australia and a corresponding increase in demand for placements, there is a need to ensure that students are well prepared for practice education. An occupational therapy education programme at a Victorian university introduced a specific Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) programme to develop students' preparedness for practice education, supplementing core and existing teaching activities. The aim of this study was to explore the experiences of occupational therapy students, including their perception of its impact on learning and preparation for practice education...
September 26, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Julianne Challita, Christine Chapparo, Joanne Hinitt
BACKGROUND/AIM: Occupational therapists are commonly referred children who find reduced social competence a barrier to participation in school activities. Little is known about the social skills expected of children at school and the thinking strategies children use during social interactions. This study aimed to investigate the social skills expected of children during school-based learning activities in the current NSW K-6 Syllabuses and the types of cognitive strategies expected during social interactions...
September 26, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Catherine Andrew, Lyn Phillipson, Lynnaire Sheridan
BACKGROUND/AIM: Engagement in meaningful occupation, including paid work is considered an important determinant of health, impacted by injury or illness. Dementia is one neurodegenerative syndrome with potential to compromise capacity for remaining engaged in paid employment. In response to 'ageing' populations globally, policy shifts within developed economies are increasing workforce participation for those over 45 years and eligibility ages for retirement pensions. Dementia onset is not limited to 'older age', consequently an increased impact of dementia is likely for both older workers and those experiencing younger onset dementia...
September 26, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Daniela Medeiros Dos Santos, Renata Valdívia Lucisano, Luzia Iara Pfeifer
BACKGROUND: Cerebral palsy (CP) describes a group of permanent disorders in the development of movement and posture due to non-progressive disturbances during foetal or infant brain development that can result in activity limitations, including engagement in pretend play. METHODS: Twenty children aged four to seven years with spastic CP participated in this descriptive qualitative study. The Child-Initiated Pretend Play Assessment (ChIPPA) clinical observations were analysed from five categories: Time, Interaction with the examiner, Imitation, Theme and Story...
September 21, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Karen Arblaster, Lynette Mackenzie, Lynda Matthews, Karen Willis, Katherine Gill, Paula Hanlon, Rachael Laidler
BACKGROUND/AIM: Mental health reform in Australia emphasises recovery, partnership working and prioritises consumers' needs over professionals'. Occupational therapy students must develop capabilities for working in this way. Learning from consumers' lived experience of mental illness and recovery is considered critical to developing such capabilities and aligns with occupational therapy programme accreditation for consumer involvement in designing, delivering and evaluating curricula...
September 17, 2018: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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