1,048 results match your criteria Australian Occupational Therapy Journal[Journal]


'I'm institutionalised … there's not much I can do': Lived experience of housing related delayed discharge.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 May 25. Epub 2022 May 25.

Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District, Penrith, New South Wales, Australia.

Introduction: Delayed discharge from inpatient mental health units is the continued hospitalisation of consumers after being assessed as ready to be discharged. This is common in adult inpatient mental health services and is usually due to a lack of appropriate housing for discharge. Research indicates a range of possible negative impacts, but no studies have explored consumers' perspectives on this issue. Read More

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Exploring the impacts of COVID-19 on the lifestyles of community-living adults in Singapore: A qualitative study.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 May 25. Epub 2022 May 25.

Health and Social Sciences Cluster, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore, Singapore.

Introduction: Disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic have not only restricted people from performing occupations but also adversely affected their health and quality of life. However, the impact of the pandemic on Singaporean adults at different life stages remains unclear. This study aimed to understand the impact of COVID-19 on a range of community-living age groups' occupations and sense of well-being. Read More

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Co-development of the ENVISAGE-Families programme for parents of children with disabilities: Reflections on a parent-researcher partnership.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 May 22. Epub 2022 May 22.

School of Allied Health, Australian Catholic University, Brisbane, Australia.

Introduction: In childhood disability research, the involvement of families is essential for optimal outcomes for all participants. ENVISAGE (ENabling VISions And Growing Expectations)-Families is a programme comprising five online workshops for parents of children with neurodevelopmental disorders. The workshops aim to introduce parents to strengths-based perspectives on health and development. Read More

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Professional reasoning of occupational therapy driver rehabilitation interventions.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 May 16. Epub 2022 May 16.

Caring Futures Institute, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Flinders University, Bedford Park, SA, Australia.

Introduction: Driver-trained occupational therapists are advanced practitioners who work with people to help maintain their independence and autonomy through driving. There is a lack of investigation of professional reasoning processes for why interventions are recommended by driver-trained occupational therapists. This research project sought to explore the reasoning of driver-trained occupational therapists when they plan, implement, and reflect on driver rehabilitation interventions. Read More

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Is there a relationship between intensity of occupational therapy and functional outcomes in hospitalised older patients? A prospective cohort study.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 May 3. Epub 2022 May 3.

Allied Health, Occupational Therapy Department, The Royal Melbourne Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

Introduction: Delivering high-intensity occupational therapy can improve functional outcomes for patients and reduce length of stay. However, there is little published evidence of this in the aged rehabilitation setting. This study aims to explore the association between intensity of occupational therapy interventions and functional outcomes in geriatric rehabilitation inpatients. Read More

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Daily living skills of autistic adolescents and young adults: A scoping review.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 29. Epub 2022 Apr 29.

Faculty of Health, Southern Cross University, Lismore, New South Wales, Australia.

Introduction: Daily living skills (DLS) are essential for an increased quality of life and autonomous living. DLS are a focus of occupational therapy practice; however, there has been no identified review of DLS acquisition in autistic adolescents or adults. A scoping review was undertaken of which the objective was to evaluate and synthesise the extent, range, and nature of research activity, and to identify research gaps in the existing literature as they relate to DLS acquisition and autistic adolescents and adults. Read More

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Feasibility of Lifestyle Redesign® for community-dwelling older adults with and without disabilities: Results from an exploratory descriptive qualitative clinical research design.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 26. Epub 2022 Apr 26.

School of Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, University of Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada.

Introduction: Although Lifestyle Redesign® has been shown to be effective in improving older adults' health and well-being, little is known about the feasibility of implementing this programme to develop meaningful and health-promoting routines of community-dwelling older adults in Canada. This study thus aimed to explore the feasibility of implementing a culturally-adapted 6-month version of Lifestyle Redesign® with community-dwelling older French-Canadians with and without disabilities.

Methods: An exploratory descriptive qualitative clinical research design was used with 17 older adults living at home or in a seniors' residence, divided into two groups participating in Lifestyle Redesign®. Read More

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Understanding the participation outcomes for persons with disability when partnered with assistance dogs: A scoping review.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 25. Epub 2022 Apr 25.

Occupational Therapy, Assistance Dogs Australia, Engadine, New South Wales, Australia.

Introduction: Assistance dogs are trained to support persons living with disability and mitigate limitations that hinder their participation in everyday activities. Despite participation being a frequent challenge for people with disabilities, evidence linking assistance dog provision to improved participation outcomes is underdeveloped. This scoping review aimed to improve understanding by mapping the participation outcomes claimed in research on assistance dogs using the International Classification of Functioning (ICF), Disability and Health framework. Read More

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Healthy ageing through participation in community situated activities: A scoping review of assessment instruments to support occupational therapy practice.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 20. Epub 2022 Apr 20.

School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Rehabilitation Ageing and Independent Living (RAIL) Research Centre, Faculty Medicine Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University (Peninsula Campus), Frankston, VIC, Australia.

Introduction: The occupational therapy profession has an essential role to play in healthy ageing that includes enabling participation, a construct that according to The International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), incorporates an environmental context. Environmental barriers and enablers of participation in community-situated activities for people over the age of 65 have been identified. To support practice, occupational therapists require assessments with demonstrated content validity including comprehensive coverage of the construct. Read More

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Effectiveness of sensory modulation for people with schizophrenia: A multisite quantitative prospective cohort study.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 19. Epub 2022 Apr 19.

School of Applied Psychology, Griffith University, Gold Coast, Australia.

Introduction: Current research evidence suggests that people with schizophrenia have sensory processing difficulties. Sensory modulation has growing evidence for use in this population. This study aimed to evaluate the extent to which health, social, cognitive, and occupational functioning outcomes were impacted by sensory modulation interventions for people with schizophrenia. Read More

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Understanding occupational therapy practice in residential aged care facilities under the Aged Care Funding Instrument: A qualitative study.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 19. Epub 2022 Apr 19.

Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences and Social Work, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.

Introduction: Australian occupational therapy practice in residential aged care facilities has been largely funded using the Aged Care Funding Instrument since March 2008. Literature indicates that the funding model constrains occupational therapy practice, impacting on therapists' and residents' experiences. In preparation for the implementation of the new funding model, the Australian National Aged Care Classification, it is timely to understand current practice. Read More

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A pūrākau analysis of institutional barriers facing Māori occupational therapy students.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 5. Epub 2022 Apr 5.

Public Health Department, School of Public Health and Interdisciplinary Studies, Auckland University of Technology, Auckland, New Zealand.

Introduction: Across Aotearoa (New Zealand), there are chronic shortages of qualified Māori (Indigenous peoples of Aotearoa) health practitioners and systemic ethnic health inequities. This study, focussing on the discipline of occupational therapy, explores Māori graduates' recollections of the institutional barriers that impacted on their study in this field over a 25-year period.

Methods: This qualitative study interviewed seven Māori occupational therapy graduates using pūrākau-an innovative Māori narrative inquiry method. Read More

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Working with clients of higher weight in Australia: Findings from a national survey exploring occupational therapy practice.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Mar 23. Epub 2022 Mar 23.

Inclusion and Participation, Mind Australia, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia.

Introduction: Occupational therapists are key members of the multidisciplinary team and regularly work with people of higher weight across age groups and practice settings. There is limited existing research regarding the occupational therapy role with this client group. The aim of this study was to explore occupational therapy practice and barriers to service provision for Australian occupational therapists working with clients of higher weight. Read More

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Remote learning, telehealth, tele-early intervention, school-based telerehabilitation: The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on children's occupational repertoires and routines.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 16;69(2):113-116. Epub 2022 Mar 16.

Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, Brookfield Health Sciences Complex, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland.

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Development of the Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised (Second Edition) (SPEF-R2): The second action research cycle.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Mar 15. Epub 2022 Mar 15.

School of Health & Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Introduction: The Student Practice Evaluation Form - Revised Edition (SPEF-R) was used across Australian universities from 2008 to 2020 to assess occupational therapy student performance on practice placement. Evolution of practice contexts, placement models and professional competency standards prompted updating of the tool. This paper describes the second and final action research cycle in the development of the SPEF-R2. Read More

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The impact of an occupational therapy group cognitive rehabilitation program for people with dementia.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Mar 15. Epub 2022 Mar 15.

Discipline of Occupational Therapy, School of Medicine, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.

Introduction: This study was conducted to examine the impact of a group cognitive rehabilitation program for people with dementia on everyday memory function and quality of life.

Methods: Participants included in the study were community-dwelling adults with a diagnosis of dementia. The intervention was a 5-week occupational therapy lead group cognitive rehabilitation program delivered once a week for 1. Read More

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Outcomes of the Tree Theme Method versus regular occupational therapy: A longitudinal follow-up.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Mar 7. Epub 2022 Mar 7.

Department of Rehabilitation, School of Health and Welfare, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden.

Introduction: Depression and anxiety disorders affect individuals' everyday lives, and treatments that can help them to perform everyday occupations are needed. Occupational therapy for this group has been evaluated from a short-term perspective but not from a long-term perspective; further research is thus warranted. The aim of the study was to investigate the longitudinal outcomes of the Tree Theme Method (TTM) compared with care as usual, provided by occupational therapists, in terms of everyday occupations, psychological symptoms, and health-related aspects. Read More

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'Learning in and out of lockdown': A comparison of two groups of undergraduate occupational therapy students' engagement in online-only and blended education approaches during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Mar 1. Epub 2022 Mar 1.

Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Primary and Allied Health Care, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University, Peninsula Campus, Frankston, Victoria, Australia.

Introduction: In many countries, the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in sudden changes to the delivery of health professions education in response to local and national lockdowns. Within occupational therapy, university education programs traditionally delivered in face-to-face classroom, and clinical settings, the transition to online learning presented unique issues and challenges for faculty and students. This study compared the experiences and perceptions of learning in two groups of occupational therapy students during the pandemic: one group converted to online learning only and the other had a blended approach that combined face-to-face on-campus learning with some online lecture content delivery. Read More

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Occupational therapy service provision in adult intensive care units in Australia: A survey of workload practices, interventions and barriers.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Feb 27. Epub 2022 Feb 27.

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

Introduction: Occupational therapy practice within intensive care units (ICUs) is limited with respect to published research evidence and guidelines regarding scope of practice. An understanding of the current level of service provision, feasibility of services in ICUs and training and development needs of occupational therapists is required to enable consistent best practice and promote the occupational therapy profile. This study aimed to explore occupational therapy practice within ICUs in Australia including the barriers and enablers to practice perceived by occupational therapists. Read More

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February 2022

Contemporary occupational priorities at the end of life mapped against Model of Human Occupation constructs: A scoping review.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Feb 23. Epub 2022 Feb 23.

Eastern Health, Box Hill Hospital, Box Hill, Victoria, Australia.

Introduction: People with end-of-life care needs are seen in an increasingly diverse range of health and community settings. Opportunity for continued occupational participation is highly valued by people at the end of life. This scoping review sought to identify the priorities and preferences for participation at the end of life and to map findings using the model of human occupation. Read More

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February 2022

Levelling the playing field: Exploring inequalities and exclusions with a community-based football league for people with experience of mental distress.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Jan 23. Epub 2022 Jan 23.

Department of Health Sciences, Brunel University London, Uxbridge, UK.

Introduction: Sport workforce strategy in the United Kingdom (UK) has identified the occupational therapy profession as being ideally positioned to contribute to public health agendas relating to tackling physical inactivity amongst marginalised populations, such as disabled people and people with experience of mental distress. However, a robust understanding of the enablers, restrictions, and exclusions such groups encounter when seeking to participate in sport and physical activity is currently lacking.

Methods: This study aimed to gain an in-depth understanding of the different ways people with experience of mental distress talked about their participation in a community-based football league in England, in the UK. Read More

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January 2022

Stakeholder perspectives of the sociotechnical requirements of a telehealth wheelchair assessment service in Aotearoa/New Zealand: A qualitative analysis.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Jan 22. Epub 2022 Jan 22.

Department of Medicine, University of Otago, Wellington, New Zealand.

Introduction: Telehealth is widely proposed to improve access and equity in provision of rehabilitation, including wheelchair assessment, yet the design requirements of telehealth wheelchair assessment that will be accepted and utilised at scale are unclear. Service design that addresses the existing inequities in outcomes for indigenous populations, such as Māori will be critical. The aim of this study was to examine the design requirements of a telehealth wheelchair assessment service from the perspectives of key stakeholders such as wheelchair users and their families, including indigenous (Māori) and health professionals including occupational therapist, and physiotherapist assessors and technicians. Read More

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January 2022

Changing occupational roles for the young adult with cancer: A longitudinal case study.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Jan 17. Epub 2022 Jan 17.

School of Medical and Health Sciences, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia, Australia.

Introduction: Young adulthood is a period of rapid occupational role development. While the impact of a cancer diagnosis at this time is likely to be substantial, little research has addressed this topic. The aims of this study were to gain insights into the impact of cancer on occupational roles throughout the cancer disease trajectory, from diagnosis to the palliative stage, for one young person. Read More

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January 2022

'Doing' dating: A cross-sectional survey of young adults (18-35 years) in Australia and Hong Kong.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Jan 18. Epub 2022 Jan 18.

University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Introduction: Dating is an occupation through which people form intimate relationships with others. Despite the importance of intimate relationships for wellbeing, there is limited information available in occupational therapy literature about the activities involved in dating and little guidance for practitioners who wish to support clients from diverse backgrounds who experience difficulties with dating. To address this gap, this study sought to explore dating among young adults (18-35 years) and compare dating activities between two contexts: Australia and Hong Kong. Read More

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January 2022

Journal-based or article-based metrics: What should be applied to assess a researcher's performance?

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 02 10;69(1):1-2. Epub 2022 Jan 10.

Editor-In-Chief, Australian Occupational Therapy Journal.

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February 2022

Potential occupational therapy scope of practice in the work-to-retirement transition in Australia.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Jan 7. Epub 2022 Jan 7.

College of Healthcare Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Introduction: Retirement, being a major life event and a focus of healthy ageing in society, creates the opportunity for occupational therapists to support people transitioning from work to retirement. Little is known about the scope of practice of occupational therapy in the work-to-retirement transition. The aim of this study was to, in Australia, (1) explore the potential scope of practice and factors influencing the potential scope of practice of occupational therapy in the work-to-retirement transition and (2) map findings to occupational therapy theoretical frameworks to assist in articulating scope of practice. Read More

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January 2022

Relevance, resilience, and ageism: A bright future for occupational therapy and healthy ageing, Sylvia Docker Lecture 2021.

Authors:
Lindy Clemson

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 02 5;69(1):3-14. Epub 2022 Jan 5.

Sydney School of Health Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Our core professional values have been enduring and remarkably relevant to decades past and times present. Our values ensure the currency of our professional contribution, our resilience, readiness, and adaptability, to meet the challenges as we move into the next decade and beyond. In this Sylvia Docker lecture, I draw on my career experience from practice and academic research to examine this premise. Read More

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February 2022

Early career programs for mental health occupational therapists: A survey of current practice.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Jan 4. Epub 2022 Jan 4.

Occupational Therapy, North Western Mental Health, Coburg, Victoria, Australia.

Introduction: Early in their career, occupational therapists may require a range of additional development for a successful transition to the profession. However, both the definition of 'early career' and the relevant development for this career stage vary between sources. In regard to occupational therapists transitioning to mental health professional practice, there is very little evidence to draw upon when designing the structure and content of development programs. Read More

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January 2022

Growing occupation-centred therapists for the future: Understanding student experiences of learning about occupation and its place in occupational therapy practice.

Aust Occup Ther J 2022 Apr 28;69(2):205-213. Epub 2021 Dec 28.

Knowledge Moves, Beechworth, Victoria, Australia.

Introduction: Occupational therapy entry-level education is integral to how students obtain deep understanding of occupational therapy's core philosophy of occupation and its place in practice. However, there is a lack of research that explores occupation-centred education from the perspectives of students. Therefore, this study aimed to identify Australian entry-level occupational therapy students' experiences of learning about occupation, and its place in practice. Read More

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