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  • How to Actually Put Research into Practice

    There is a lot of information out there. How do we as Occupational Therapists (OTs) find what we need for our specific clients, in a time-sensitive way? This process of putting research into practice is complex and there are some strategies you can use to make it a little bit easier and fit into your busy OT day. 1. Gather your questions When I was a practising OT, I had a notepad or sticky note taped to my computer and would write questions as they occurred to me. Often, if I did not do this, I would forget about them by the end of the day. This strategy is helpful for me to follow up outcomes at the end of the day. 2. Search keywords in multiple databases When I search for items in Google, I often pull out the keywords of something that I am looking for, versus typing in the entire question. For example: Pediatrics AND sensory processing AND intervention vs “What is the best intervention for sensory processing?” This is how I can speak the language of the search engine and databases. Some search engines no longer require the AND/OR but I still use them just in case. Finding systematic reviews will also save you time, because they combined a lot of articles into one review. 3. Find relevant articles that are legitimate This is the part where I have heard from many occupational therapists that it is where they get stuck; not only accessing the articles, but finding if they are legit or not can be overwhelming. Here are a few tools that I use to help this: Finding Articles ProQuest through NBCOT Local Library Supporting Fieldwork Students Open Access Journals Making Sure Articles are Legit Cincinnati Children’s Evidence Evaluation Tool Chart Check out this graphic 4. Imagine doing the intervention with your client After I find a good article with solid results, I go directly to the methods section where they describe the intervention. Then I imagine what that would look like in my setting. This is where our OT viewpoint can shine, because we are good at adapting things to fit the context. Just make sure that if there is a protocol you stick to it as best as possible, because that can lead to not getting the same results as the article. Authors are always super excited to chat too, if you have questions on what is a reasonable deviation from their intervention. I also take a second to think about any barriers that might be present if I try to use this information. Is there a cost associated with this that I need support with? Do I have the appropriate training? Do I know what to do based on what the article says? 5. Track how it is going I then try to find an assessment (maybe the same one the study uses) that can measure the change that I am trying to make (an outcome measure). For example, when I’m looking at strategy training for an adolescent working on executive functioning skills, I may want to use the Goal Attainment Scale along with the GOAL to combine both information from the client and observable changes. 6. If no meaningful changes are made, start over again Often I try something and it does not work. That does not mean I am a bad OT, but that I need to go back to the drawing board and am that much closer to finding something that works for the client. There are new research studies coming out every day and the answer could be right around the corner... Interested in learning more about putting research into practice along with other OTs - as well as access to easy-to-read infographic research summaries, to support this process?

  • Case study | OT and Community Mental Health

    Written by Abigail Matthews, Occupational Therapist (UK)

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Therapy Forum (1125)

  • Looking for Contemplating retirement? Recently retired? People for work to retirement (W2R) Project

    Contemplating retirement? Recently retired? Managing the work to retirement transition is currently an underdeveloped and under-researched area of practice within occupational therapy. If you are contemplating retirement? Or have you recently retired we need your help! Are you able to help? We have been developing a program for the past year to support the needs of people who are either about to retire or have recently retired from the perspective of the transition from work to retirement (W2R). The next step is to understand the needs of pre-retired and retired people and use the findings to further develop the W2R manual. The aim is to gather information about your experience of the retirement transition in your life. Whilst you are unlikely to personally benefit from this study your experience will enable us to develop a better intervention that is more likely to be of value to people preparing for retirement. This will increase the likelihood of its future use and the viability of it being an implementable intervention. Want to take part? To develop the manual, we are recruiting participants to take part in interviews which will be conducted online, we can use Zoom or MSMs Teams whichever you prefer, therefore travel is not required. If you would like to be part of or just want more information about this new and exciting project, please contact You are also responded to this post via OT Hub. We look forward to hearing from you.

  • Worries of a new grad

    Hi everyone, I hope everyone is having a lovely day, I'm super excited about starting a new role as a new graduate in an early intervention setting, however, I am really nervous about the challenges I may face in this new role, I have started researching certain topics that may be relevant to this setting ( e.g podcast, journal articles,) and honestly, it can be quite overwhelming, Hence, I was hoping to reach out to anyone here, if there is any specific topics that I should look into? and if there is any mentorship program that I can look into to seek further professional support, thank you! Kind Regards, June

  • COVID's affect on Therapeutic Communication

    As an OT student learning about the IRM and therapeutic communication-- I would like to gain some insight into the influence of communication in the time of COVID. Specifically around what is culturally respectful, including touching and gesturing. Any feedback is welcome, thank you!

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  • Resources + Services Portal | The Occupational Therapy Hub

    Resources + Services Portal Useful resources and services, for your care and career. Search or contribute to the global occupational therapy directory. Suggest new entry Specialisms Accessibility + Adaptation Activity Clubs Anatomy + Physiology Assistive Technology Autistic Spectrum Condition Career Development Carer Support Charities + Social Enterprises Coronavirus Cultural Considerations Dementia Fatigue Management Green + Outdoor Care Guidance, Laws + Acts Health Promotion Housing Learning Disabilities Manual Handling manual handling Mental Health Models + Outcome Measures Music Therapy Music Therapy Networking Neurology Nutrition Occupational Science Older People Other OT Platforms + Blogs Paediatrics Posture, Seating, Wheelchairs Professional Bodies More Specialisms > Suggest an entry The Occupational Therapy Hub currently knows of resources and services within the specialisms listed. This is not a definitive list and the database is regularly expanded. If you know of a resource or service that you believe should be showcased, suggest one here. Thank you! Suggestion submitted. Submit suggestion

  • Community Collaboration | The Occupational Therapy Hub

    Community Collaboration Let's grow, together. ​​​ The Occupational Therapy Hub is a global community of practice, shaped by Members. Getting involved helps to grow content for all - whilst contributing towards your CPD! As a thank you, we upgrade dedicated contributors to Membership Plus+ . ​ ​​ Contact the Hub Start or join a conversation... Your Therapy Forum facilitates learning, questions and debate, in a moderated professional environment. Why not read and contribute to occupational therapy-related discussion? A great additional tool for your CPD! Therapy Forum (Free) Get writing! Your eyes into occupational therapy. Including educative discussion topics, insightful reflections and case studies. Are you an OT, OTA, student or other healthcare professional? Contact us to become a Writer. Therapy Articles (Free/Plus+) Collaborative Professional Development We invite you to engage in our two-part programme. Learn from others, be an active part of the occupational therapy community and receive a certificate. Hub CPD (Free) Host The OT Journal Club! We have regular discussions on clinical applicability of articles, to enhance evidence-based practice and support your CPD. Why not host your own two-month Journal Club on the Hub? The OT Journal Club (Free) Add to the voices of occupational therapy We feature podcasts from around the world, for Members' ears to enjoy in one place. If you know of a podcast series that you think should be featured, let us know! Podcast Portal (Free) Help grow the global OT directory This portal contains useful resources and services for a clinician's care and career. All visitors can search expanding specialism categories. We need a collective input; what other resources or services should be included? Resources + Services Portal (Free) Share an event worth knowing about Our community promotes occupational therapy events around the world. If you know about a conference, seminar or networking evening worth sharing, let us know! Events (Free) Be a more visible Occupational Therapist! Are you an independent OT? We want the public to easily find you and benefit from your support. Get in touch if you would like the Hub to showcase what you offer. Access Occupational Therapists (Free) Disseminate your research Research Portal is our online gateway to showcase occupational therapy research with a global audience. Why not share infographics, original research, a literature review, opinion piece or a presentation? Research Portal (Plus+) Film or share video insights Plus+ Members watch short films related to occupational therapy, all in one place. Wherever you are in the world, you can contribute videos for others to learn from. Share existing content with the community, or create your own! Therapy Videos (Plus+) Highlight professional news and stories We collect online articles from around the world, signposting occupational therapy updates to Members. Bring one to our attention and be part of this collective effort. OT Updates (Plus+) Host an OT Webinar Plus+ Members access pre-recorded webinars, run by experienced clinicians. If you would like to host a v ideo presentation, interview, discussion or practical demonstration, w e want to hear from you! OT Webinars (Plus+) Community Collaboration : Contact us to get involved! Thank you! We'll be in touch with you soon. Send

  • Policies | The Occupational Therapy Hub

    Membership Terms of Use Privacy and Cookies Our Policies Latest update: 2nd December 2021 Communication PromOTe Partnerships Copyright Important notice from The Occupational Therapy Hub ​ Information and recommendations provided on The Occupational Therapy Hub have been shared by our global community. Whilst we review all web pages, we cannot guarantee quality or accuracy of all information. Therefore, platform content should not constitute medical advice. We cannot take responsibility for consequences arising from the actions of professionals or the public using the Hub's platform. Hub Membership Terms of Use The Occupational Therapy Hub is an information platform and global community, shaped by its Membership. To access the platform, anyone can join as a Free Hub Member . Membership Plus+ is an optional upgrade. In joining, you must adhere to the Terms of Use ('Terms') below, as well as agree to our Privacy, Cookies and Communication Policies . ​ ​ Your Account: Key responsibilities As an online membership platform, we actively encourage participation in ​the sharing of information and content , for the benefit of the global community. At the same time, we ask that you acknowledge the following: ​ Please remember that you control what personal information you provide while using The Occupational Therapy Hub ('platform') You are fully responsible for all activities that occur under your Account and other actions you take on the platform You must not create content that is inappropriate, misleading or unlawful; Hub Management may change or remove any such content You are responsible for maintaining the security of your Account information and its content ; you must notify Hub Management of any unauthorised uses of your Account or any other breaches of security We are not responsible for (and cannot control) the use by other Hub Members of information which you provide to them. You should exercise caution in selecting the information you share. Similarly, we cannot assume responsibility for the content of information which you receive from Members through the platform. You release us from any and all liability in connection with the contents of any information which you may receive using the platform ​ ​ Creating platform content By creating content, you represent and warrant that:- ​ The Occupational Therapy Hub has the right to use (host, index and format) and display your content on the platform Hub Management reserves the right to refuse or remove any content or terminate or deny access to use of the platform Your Account is not named in a manner that misleads readers into thinking that you are anyone other than yourself If your employer has rights to intellectual property you create, you have permission from your employer to make this available The content does not contain or install any viruses or other harmful or destructive content Downloading, copying and use of the content will not infringe the copyright, patent, trademark or trade secret rights of a third party The content is not obscene, libellous or defamatory, hateful or racially or ethnically objectionable; it does not violate the privacy or publicity rights of any third party ​ ​ Membership Plus+ ​ Standard Hub Membership Accounts provide access to a breadth of free resources Upgrading to Membership Plus+ provides unlimited access to a wider range of resources, with priority response from the Hub Team ​ On purchase of a Plus+ plan, future payments will be taken annually or monthly (as selected), from your chosen account. Please ensure your payment details remain up-to-date, for continued auto-renewal and access to your Membership Plus+ services. ​ At any point, The Occupational Therapy Hub may choose to transition Free Membership resources to Membership Plus+ resources (or vice versa). In its sole discretion, Management may also add, remove or change the services and resources offered, or the fees charged, at any time. Management will notify all Hub Members of such changes , prior to any new or altered fees taking effect . ​ ​ Changes to Terms ​ The Occupational Therapy Hub reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to modify or replace any part of the Terms. Whilst we notify Members of key changes related to platform, Policies or Terms, it is your responsibility to check the Terms periodically for changes. Your continued use of the platform, following the posting of any changes to the Terms, constitutes acceptance of those changes. The Occupational Therapy Hub may, in future, offer new services and/or features through the platform (including the release of new tools and resources). Such new features and/or services shall be subject to the Terms. ​ ​ Account termination ​ In the event that a Member breaches The Occupational Therapy Hub's Terms of Use, Hub Management may terminate access to all or any part of the platform at any time, with or without notice, effective immediately. Privacy, Cookies, Communication The Occupational Therapy Hub takes the privacy of its Members and visitors' information very seriously. It adheres to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (2016/679) and the UK Data Protection Act (2018). Hub Management continually reviews its policies. ​ KEY POINTS ​ Personal information We only collect, process and securely store personally identifiable information that you actively submit Such information is used solely for us to provide you with the platform's services, or respond to a communication Optional: once signed up as a Member, you can edit you Profile Page; if you 'opt in', this can be publicly visible As part of Membership, we send Member Newsletters, to the email address provided No personally identifiable information is passed on to external organisations You have the right to access and edit your information on this platform, at any time; on email request and subject to proof of identity, you may access personal information that we hold, used or communicated and ask that any necessary corrections be made ​ Demographic data Cookies allow Hub Management to understand anonymous visitor demographics and trends. In turn, this shapes and improves the service we provide you with. Cookies also allow any adverts shown to be more relevant A Facebook pixel within The Occupational Therapy Hub's website is used to gauge the efficacy of any social media adverts we run ​ Protecting your information Information processed within The Occupational Therapy Hub is encrypted via secure HTTPS networks Data is backed up securely in a cloud-based drive managed by our platform host By using the platform and/or joining as a Hub Member, you consent to our Policies (signposted on the Sign up screen). HUB MEMBERSHIPS ( Free and Plus+ ) ​ Signing up as a Hub Member ​ ​ When you register as a Hub Member, you will be asked to provide a name, email address and a private password, which will become part of your Account information ​ The platform securely stores Membership details provided (further details below) Any information requested will be used to activate your account, provide the platform's services to you and communicate with you about the status of your A ccount Part of Membership, you receive periodic Member Newsletters * by email; these include CPD recommendations and service changes Settings and notifications can be adjusted at any time; click 'Settings' in the Member Bar , which sits top-right of every page The 'Sign up' screen includes a link to this Policies page, to review all policies prior to joining as a Member ​ Your Profile Page Each Hub Member is given their own Profile Page in the Member Portal * A public Profile Page is optional; to initiate, click 'Make Profile Public' via the '⋮' icon on your profile card ( in Member Portal) It includes the name used to sign up, alongside an optional profile picture and profile text - for the Member to promote their work in the occupational therapy profession Other than storing it for you, we do not do anything with information here; it is there for networking purposes only However, if information is posted that is deemed by Hub Management to be inappropriate or offensive, the Member will be notified and the information will be removed * Member Portal requires Member log in to access. Membership sign up here . ​ ​ ​ ​ Personal information: what is collected, processed and stored? The only personally identifiable information we collect, process and/or store is that which you actively submit. This may be your name, email address or other contact details that you provide us with. We do not transfer this information to other organisations, unless: ​ You provide us with explicit written authorisation, by email or post It is necessary to comply with the law, or to protect the rights, property or safety of our Management, Team or Members ​ We collect information when you: ​ Sign up as a Hub Member (see below) ​Register for OT Webinars * or an Event Purchase a product , such as a PromOTe Partnership Submit research for inclusion in the Research Portal * Apply for a competition or promotion on our website Submit a podcast episode or series to the Podcast Portal * Engage in communication, via an email or our Connect with the Hub form Engage in Hub CPD , the collaborative professional development programme Submit an entry to Access Occupational Therapists or the Resources + Services Portal Upload a file to The Occupational Therapy Hub's cloud storage, such as when contributing to Therapy Videos * Upload content to Therapy Articles * ; this is a moderated p ortal , with Member-generated content Upload a post to the Therapy Forum * or The OT Journal Club * - moderated portals, with Member-generated content ​ * Portals marked with asterisks require Member log in to fully utilise. Membership sign up here . ​ ​ ​ Demographics: what non-identifiable information tools do we use - and why? Cookies : When surfing The Occupational Therapy Hub, cookies (non-identifiable data) may be placed locally on your computer. These can be used by Google Analytics , to allow Hub Management to establish general visitor demographics and trends. This allows us to better shape and refine our service. Such information may also be provided to Google Adsense, so that advertisements on the platform are relevant to you. Cookies do not disclose personally identifiable information about any visitors or Members Facebook pixel : This is embedded within the platform and collects anonymised visitor data. This is used solely to allow Hub Management to gauge the efficacy of advertisements run on social media How do we protect your information? We implement a variety of safety measures to maintain the security of your personal information: The personal information you provide within this platform is secured within HTTPS networks . HTTPS is the protocol over which data is sent between your browser and The Occupational Therapy Hub site. The ‘S’ at the end of HTTPS stands for ‘Secure’. These communications are encrypted. Data is backed up securely in a cloud-based drive . Member information is not stored in physical form. Statements from our website host: 'If you are a visitor, user or customer of any of our Users [The Occupational Therapy Hub], please read the following: [website host] has no direct relationship with the individual Users-of-Users whose Personal Information it processes. If you are a visitor, user or customer of [The Occupational Therapy Hub] and would like to make any requests or queries regarding your Personal Information, please contact [Hub Management] directly. For example, if you wish to access, correct, amend, or delete inaccurate information processed by [website host] on behalf of [The Occupational Therapy Hub], please direct your query to [Hub Management] (who is the “Controller” of such data). If requested to remove any Users-of-Users’ Personal Information, we will respond to such request within thirty days.' 'The transmission of sensitive payment information (such as a credit card number) through our designated purchase forms is protected by an industry standard SSL/TLS encrypted connection; and we regularly maintain a PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards) certification.' Other than a Hub Member’s Profile Page - optionally viewable by the public - personal information can only be accessed by Hub Management; all management staff are obliged to keep this strictly confidential ​ ​ Rights to my information You have the right to access and edit your information, at any time, through the web interface provided as part of the platform. On written request (by email) and subject to proof of identity, you may access the personal information that we hold, used or communicated and ask that any necessary corrections be made, where applicable, as authorised or required by law. However, to make sure that the personal information we maintain about you is accurate and up-to-date, please inform us of any change in your personal information by email. ​ ​ How can I edit or turn on/off communications? Email alerts : Click 'Settings' in the Member Bar , which sits top- right of every web page [ The Member Bar also allows you to review account details, Plus+ Membership, orders placed and to log in/out of the Hub] Therapy Forum alerts : To adjust email or platform alerts for a specific forum, click the 'Follow'/'Following' button Member Newsletters : We send educative and CPD-related content periodically. These communications also keep Members updated about key service changes. If you no longer want to receive these, click the ‘unsubscribe’ link at the bottom of any newsletter ​ Third party links To provide a breadth of website content, we list third party links to useful, external resources and websites. These are mainly found in: Access Occupational Therapists , Therapy Forum , OT Updates * , Podcast Portal * , Therapy Videos * , Resources + Services Portal . These external links (websites, videos, PDF documents, podcast platforms) have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these links. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these linked sites, including if a specific link does not work. * Portals marked with asterisks require Member log in to use. Membership sign up here . ​ Changes to our policies If our policies change, amendments will be posted here. Policy changes apply only to information collected after the date of the change. ​ Your consent By using The Occupational Therapy Hub platform and/or joining as a Hub Member, you consent to our Policies. Links to this Policies page are located within sign up sections, across the platform. Questions or feedback? ​ If you have any questions or comments - about our policies or your personal information, to make an access or correction request, to exercise any applicable rights, or to make a complaint - our Data Protection Officer can be reached by email: . Alternative methods of communication are listed on the Contact us page. ​ ​ ​ Registration with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO ) ​ ​ Nature of work Occupational therapy information service and networking website. ​ Description of processing The following is a broad description of the way The Occupational Therapy Hub processes personal information. To understand how your own personal information is processed you may need to refer to any personal communications you have received, check any privacy notices the organisation has provided or contact the organisation to ask about your personal circumstances. Reasons/purposes for processing information We process personal information to enable us to provide a current, sustainable information service and networking website for our Hub Members and site visitors; to maintain our own accounts and records; to support and manage our staff team. Type of information processed We process information relevant to the above reasons and purposes. This can include: Hub Membership details, within the Member Portal * Therapy Articles * and Therapy Videos * content Financial details, for Plus+ Members and PromOTe Partnerships customers External resources in Access Occupational Therapists , the Podcast Portal * , Research Portal * and Resources + Services Portal * Portals marked with asterisks require Member log in to use. Membership sign up here . Who the information is processed about To operate our service to you, we need to process information about: ​ Hub Members (Free and Plus+) Visitors who inquire about or submit files to the information platform External podcasts External resources and services External research External occupational therapy practices External occupational therapists Who the information may be shared with In very rare circumstances, in the interest of the public, the company or its Members' safety or security, other governing organisations may need to be contacted. Where this is necessary we are required to comply with all aspects of the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) ( 2016/679 ) and the UK's Data Protection Act (2018). In this instance, only when required of us, we would share information with: employer associations examining bodies central government suppliers and service providers persons making an inquiry or complaint PromOTe Partnerships Terms of Service For attention of commercial partners and clients. ​ Please read these Terms of Service ('Terms') carefully before purchasing a PromOTe Partnerships plan. If you don’t agree to these Terms, as well as The Occupational Therapy Hub’s Privacy, Cookies and Communication Policies , you should not use our services. If you are entering into the Terms on beha