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Australian Occupational Therapy Journal

Brandon Vilaysack, Reinie Cordier, Kenji Doma, Yu-Wei Chen
BACKGROUND: Understanding children's perception of their experiences is imperative for developing client-centred interventions for paediatric populations. However, perceptions of young children in the myriad circumstances that they live in have not yet been properly investigated. Subsequently, this study tested the feasibility and appropriateness of experience sampling method (ESM), an ecological momentary assessment, on typically developing children aged between five and seven years...
October 10, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Margot Barry, Wietske Kuijer-Siebelink, Loek Nieuwenhuis, Nynke Scherpbier-de Haan
BACKGROUND: This literature review investigates what research reports about the contribution that communities of practice (CoPs) can make in the continuing professional development (CPD) of qualified occupational therapists. METHODS: Academic databases (CINAHL, MEDLINE and ERIC) were searched and articles were included based on pre-determined criteria. Five articles were included in the review. RESULTS: The CoPs in the reviewed articles provided opportunities for knowledge sharing, knowledge translation, reflection on action and learning through boundary crossing...
October 5, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Leanne Anderson, Jessie Wilson, Gary Williams
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD) demonstrate limited participation in daily occupations which negatively impacts their physical and psycho-social wellbeing. The CO-OP approach is strongly supported within the literature as an effective treatment for DCD when delivered as a one-on-one therapy. Group interventions have proven to be effective in increasing self-esteem, decreasing feelings of isolation and are a cost effective way of delivering therapy...
October 5, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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...
October 3, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Priscilla Lam Wai Shun, Carolina Bottari, Tatiana Ogourtsova, Bonnie Swaine
BACKGROUND/AIM: Clinical practice guidelines advocate for early involvement of rehabilitation professionals in screening acquired brain injury patients' rehabilitation needs and determining the required rehabilitation services. Little is yet known about the nature of occupational therapists' role in this context. This exploratory study sought to identify factors influencing occupational therapists' perception of acquired brain injury patients' rehabilitation potential for inpatient rehabilitation...
September 21, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Jeannine Millsteed, Janice Redmond, Elizabeth Walker
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study explored how occupational therapists in private practice developed the business skills needed to operate a successful private practice. The literature shows that many small-business owner-managers have poorly developed business skills, and some experience high rates of failure. This indicates that to be successful in private practice, occupational therapists need to gain mastery of management competencies in addition to their professional clinical competencies...
September 20, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Natasha A Lannin, Anne Cusick, Caroline Hills, Bianca Kinnear, Karin Vogel, Kate Matthews, Greg Bowring
BACKGROUND/AIM: Assistive technologies have the potential to increase the amount of movement practice provided during inpatient stroke rehabilitation. The primary aim of this study was to investigate the feasibility of using the Saebo-Flex(™) device in a subacute stroke setting to increase task-specific practice for people with little or no active hand movement. The secondary aim was to collect preliminary data comparing hand/upper limb function between a control group that received usual rehabilitation and an intervention group that used, in addition, the Saebo-Flex(™) device...
September 19, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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)...
September 19, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Kathrine Hammill, Rosalind Bye, Catherine Cook
BACKGROUND/AIM: The role played by Australian occupational therapists with clients living with terminal illness has recently been highlighted in the Occupational Therapy Australia () position paper on palliative care. To date, little evidence exists about the work profile of these therapists, the type of clients seen, their practice settings and how long therapists are planning to remain in this clinical role. This paper presents results from a national survey of Australian occupational therapists working with people who are terminally ill...
September 16, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Marina Ciccarelli, Kerri Fraser, Sharmila Vaz
BACKGROUND/AIM: Children and adolescents are prolific users of information and communication technologies (ICT) in learning, leisure, and social communication activities. High exposure to ICT is associated with musculoskeletal injuries in adults; however, the management of ICT physical complaints in children is not well-understood. METHODS: An online survey of allied health professionals (occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and chiropractors) was undertaken to determine (i) the number of children and adolescents in Perth, Western Australia who accessed treatment for musculoskeletal complaints related to use of technology; (ii) the typical frequency and duration of service provision; and (iii) the nature of treatment provided...
September 16, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Emmah Doig, Jenny Fleming, Tamara Ownsworth, Stephanie Fletcher
BACKGROUND/AIM: Online awareness is the ability to self-monitor, identify and self-correct errors while engaged in an activity. Current assessments of online awareness involve observing and classifying error behaviour during structured, uniform tasks. However, during rehabilitation, practitioners typically work towards improving performance in individually meaningful tasks unique to the client. This article presents a metacognitive, task analytic approach to assessing online awareness involving observation and classification of errors during meaningful occupations determined after client-centred goal setting with two male clients with severe traumatic brain injury (aged 22 and 23)...
September 12, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Emma Crawford, Tammy Aplin, Sylvia Rodger
BACKGROUND/AIM: Education on human rights will place occupational therapists in a strong position to address societal inequities that limit occupational engagement for many client groups. The imminent changes to the Minimum Standard for the Education of Occupational Therapists engender efforts towards social change and will require university-level human rights education. This education might enhance the profession's influence on disadvantaging social structures in order to effect social change...
August 4, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
James R Gooden, Jennie L Ponsford, Judith L Charlton, Pamela E Ross, Shawn Marshall, Sylvain Gagnon, Michel Bédard, Renerus J Stolwyk
AIM: The aim of this study was to develop and provide initial validation data for a self-awareness of on-road driving ability measure for individuals with brain injury. METHOD: Thirty-nine individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury completed an on-road driving assessment, the Self-Regulation Skills Interview (SRSI) and the newly developed Brain Injury Driving Self-Awareness Measure (BIDSAM). RESULTS: BIDSAM self, clinician and discrepancy scales demonstrated high levels of internal consistency (α = 0...
August 4, 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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October 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Reinie Cordier, Annie McCluskey
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October 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Louise Gustafsson
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October 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Priya Martin, Saravana Kumar, Lucylynn Lizarondo, Zephanie Tyack
BACKGROUND/AIM: Clinical supervision is important for effective health service delivery, professional development and practice. Despite its importance there is a lack of evidence regarding the factors that improve its quality. This study aimed to investigate the factors that influence the quality of clinical supervision of occupational therapists employed in a large public sector health service covering mental health, paediatrics, adult physical and other practice areas. METHODS: A mixed method, sequential explanatory study design was used consisting of two phases...
October 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Kate Cumming, Lisa O'Brien, Jane Harris
BACKGROUND/AIM: Limited information about return to productive activities after lung transplantation has been published. The purpose of our study was to identify issues relating to occupational engagement in employment after surgery. METHOD: We conducted a cross-sectional study of surviving lung transplant recipients from one transplant service in Australia. We used descriptive statistics, chi-square tests and Cox regression to analyse the data. RESULTS: A total of 100 lung transplant recipients completed the assessment (83...
October 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Ted Brown, Carol E McKinstry, Louise Gustafsson
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October 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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August 2016: Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
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