Category: Occupational therapy

Helping with time mangement

time management and OT

Time management is a problem for many university students – and occupational therapists can help! Check out this blog to see how.

Screens and academics: The evidence

screens and academics and OT

Using written text and hand writing notes are the best way to improve understanding of material, but sometimes digital products are the only thing available.

Social media and college students

social media, OT, and students

In a previous post, I discussed the importance emerging adults place on social participation and how social participation helps with the formation of identity.  Social participation is the primary reason that emerging adults use social media; so, one could argue that social media use could also be important for identity development!  Social media and phone

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Substance misuse and students

substance misuse, students, and occupational therapy

Dark side of occupation The “dark side of occupation” is a phrase used to describe activities that are not life enhancing but people choose to spend their time doing.1 Substance misuse may be considered within the dark side of occupation, especially in university students.  Substance misuse may also be seen as a maladaptive serious leisure

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What does nutrition have to do with school?

nutrition and occupational therapy

Nutrition in university students The American College Health Association reports that only 9% of US college students are eating the recommended 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies per day.1 College student nutrition can influence energy levels and may ultimately impact academic performance.2,3  In addition, body image related to weight in college students may influence the

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Step 7: Present or publish

presenting your research

You worked really hard to get these results – now you should share them…to present or to publish? Presenting your work    If your research is specific to occupational therapy, a great venue to present is usually your local, state, or regional OT group – try there first.  The American Occupational Therapy Association is another

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Step 6: Collect and analyze data

analyze your data

Once you have the ethics board approval, you can start your study – the fun part!  In this phase, all you need to do is follow your research plans – tell people about your study, start sending out surveys, interview clients, collect pre and post intervention data… whatever you decided in the previous steps, you

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Step 5: Get ethics board approval

ethics and clinical research for therapists

Any time you are doing research on human subjects, you need to get approval from an ethics or institutional review board (IRB).  Why do you need to do it? In order to protect human subjects who agree to be in a research study, an outside, neutral party must review the research and decide if the

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Step 4: Develop your methods

research methods and therapy

Developing the methods of a study may be one of the most difficult and time-consuming steps of the research process thus far (make sure you have developed a reasonable research question). But, it provides the “recipe” for the action phase of your research study.  At this stage, it would be helpful to get some help

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Step 3: Refine your clinical research question

clinical research question and thearpy

In step one, you identified a population(s) and/or an intervention(s) that concerned you in your current clinical setting. Then you did a focused literature review (step two!) on the topic.   From the information you gathered in the literature review, you are now able to refine your concern into a specific research question. The question should

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