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Current open research projects

Usual Care for Autism Survey (UCAS)

Providers in the greater Philadelphia area who work with youth with autism, CLICK HERE for more information and instructions to participate in this survey to gather information about strategies used to support children with autism. Feel free to share this link with other providers in your area. 


Does a series of online educational modules increase knowledge about evidence-based practice and confidence in applying it to practice for occupational therapists? 

Evidence-based practice is where it is at! Do you want to become part of the movement? 
In many practice settings, occupational therapists are faced with reducing costs and increasing quality, productivity, and efficiency, but lack the means to achieve them. Evidence-based practice provides the skills and resources to meet these measures. 

By taking the steps to become an evidence-based practitioner, you will support clinical decision-making by integrating research evidence with your wisdom and the preferences of the clients you serve.

If you are an occupational therapist and a member of the POTA, have a working computer with Internet access and a valid email address, are proficient in reading and writing English, and are able to commit to the six-week timeframe of the project, then you qualify for this opportunity! 

Sign up by November 15, 2017 to be considered for this free, online, six-week educational experience. The first 20 individuals who qualify will be enrolled. You will earn a Certificate of Completion from Chatham University that can be applied towards professional development. 

Look for details in your feed regarding the specifics of this project that will take place in early January 2018. 

In the meanwhile, if you have any questions please feel free to email the project coordinator, Jennifer Maloney, at Jennifer.maloney@chatham.edu

Faculty mentor: Ingrid Provident, EdD, OTR/L

Respond by November 15, 2017


Past research projects 

COOPerate to Rejuvenate After Stroke

We are occupational therapy students at Chatham University. Our Evidence-Based Practice Capstone examines the use of Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) approach with persons who have experienced a stroke. This project was designed to determine clinician awareness and prevalence of the use of the CO-OP approach.

As an occupational therapy clinician, we are inviting you to answer questions about your awareness and use of CO-OP. In addition, we welcome your participation in expressing your opinions and experiences. Completion of this electronic questionnaire will take approximately 5-10 minutes.

In order to complete the survey, please CLICK HERE.

Lori Spires, OTS
Jodi Schreiber, OTD, OTR/L, C/NDT 
Chatham University 

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

 

Keeping the Spirit: Dementia and Spiritual Care 

This survey was developed by Chatham University occupational therapy graduate students involved in an evidence-based project. Based on the current literature, these students have been exploring spirituality in relation to treating clients with dementia. Please direct your responses as it relates to your work with individuals with dementia as an occupational therapist. CLICK HERE to participate.

Thank you for your participation in this evidence-based project. 

Samantha Major, OTS
Sharon D. Novalis, PhD, OTR/L
Chatham University

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

 

OT's Role in Addressing Substance Use

We are occupational therapy students at Chatham University. Our Evidence-Based Practice Capstone examines the role of occupational therapy when addressing substance use. This questionnaire will take approximately 5-10 minutes. 

We appreciate your participation and thank you for your time! CLICK HERE to complete the survey. 

Thank you for participating in this survey!

Jessica Moritz, OTS
Sharon Novalis, PhD, OTR/L and Amy Mattila, PhD, OTR/L
Chatham University 

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

 

Trauma-Informed Care: A model for OT practice survey

We are Chatham University OT students conducting a survey examining the use of Trauma-Informed Care in the occupational therapy field. Any occupational therapy practitioners are welcome to participate in this survey. It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete. Participation in this survey is completely voluntary and answers will be kept confidential. Click HERE to access our survey. 
Please feel free to share this survey with other occupational therapy practitioners. Thank you for participating in this survey!
Nicole Haynes, OTS
Sharon Novalis, PhD, OTR/L and Amy Mattila, PhD, OTR/L
Chatham University

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Health Literacy: How Do You Communicate?

This survey was developed by four Chatham University Master of Occupational Therapy students for the purposes of an evidence based project. This survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and all answers provided will remain completely anonymous. No personal identifying information will be asked of you. The survey will be used to gather occupational therapist and occupational therapy assistant perspectives on the techniques used to communicate with individuals who have limited health literacy. The results will be analyzed and used during an aggregate poster presentation, wherein all sources of information will remain anonymous. Click HERE to participate.


Megan Carns, OTS
Theresa Delbert MS, OTR/L

8/27/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

Use of Complementary and Alternative Medicine by Occupational Therapists in The United States 

We are Occupational Therapy students at The University of Central Arkansas seeking your help with a research project. This research study is designed to examine the proportion of Occupational Therapists in The United States currently using Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) or referring their clients for CAM use. This study also looks to see what the most common CAMs and reasons for using those CAMs are among OTR/Ls. 

CLICK HERE to participate in survey. 

If you have any questions, please contact Reagan Parsons at rparsons2@cub.uca.edu. Thanks for your time!

Reagan Parsons, OTS
Logan McDaniels, OTS
Lindsey Mooney, OTS
Lee Rodgers, OTS 
LaVonna Traywick, PhD. (advisor) 

7/3/17:  This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

 

Evidence-Based Sensory Interventions: Perceptions, Knowledge, and Practices of Occupational Therapy Practitioners 

Hello Colleagues I am conducting a survey in order to gain an in-depth understanding of occupational therapy practitioners’ perceptions of sensory-based interventions, and evidence-based practice. Your opinions are important, and this survey is your chance to express those opinions. The survey measures opinions and perceptions, which means there are no "right" or "wrong" responses. I would like to get your participation in order to ensure that each and every occupational therapy practitioners’ voice is heard. Please be aware that your responses to the questionnaire are completely anonymous. I will not be able to attribute responses to any individual. I have chosen this approach to ensure that you feel confident and able to give feedback. Please give it your prompt attention. The questionnaire will take you approximately 15 minutes to complete. This project has been approved by Quinnipiac University’s Institutional Review Board. If you have questions or would like further information, please contact Denese Carter, BS, OTR/L at denese.carter@quinnipiac.edu or Tara Glennon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA at tara.glennon@quinnipiac.edu. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. Please forward this survey link to other occupational therapy practitioners.

Denese Carter, BS, OTR/L
Tara Glennon, EdD, OTR/L, FAOTA 

Quinnipiac University

3/15/17: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.

 

Types of Interventions being Utilized with Clients in Skilled Nursing Facilities

The purpose of this survey is to explore the types of interventions being utilized with clients by occupational therapy practitioners in skilled nursing facilities (SNF). The target population for this study are occupational therapy practitioners who are currently employed in SNFs. This research is being conducted by four graduate students at Chatham University in the Master of Occupational Therapy Program under the guidance of Dr. Cathy Dolhi, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA. The survey includes a list of interventions commonly used at skilled nursing facilities, a frequency of use scale, and will require demographic information. Completion of the survey should not exceed 10 minutes. Short answer responses will be optional. 

Thank You,
Dr. Cathy Dolhi, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Chatham University
cddotr@yahoo.com

8/19/16: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


OT's Working in Adult Settings with Patients ages 18 and Up

The target population for this survey is occupational therapy practitioners working in adult settings with patients ages 18+. The purpose of this survey is to investigate the degree to which occupational therapy practitioners routinely address sexuality with clients. This survey will take approximately 10-15 minutes to complete. Researchers have obtained IRB approval to protect participants' identities and preserve anonymity. 

Thank you, 
Cathy Dolhi, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Chatham University
cddotr@yahoo.com

8/28/16: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Pediatric Occupational Therapy Practitioners

This survey is intended for pediatric occupational therapy practitioners. Completing the questionnaire will take approximately 10 minutes. Please answer the questions to the best of your ability. Please do not put your name or any other identifying information on the questionnaire. If so desired, you may choose not to participate at all. You may withdraw at any time for any reason. Also, you may skip any questions that you do not feel comfortable answering. By participating in the survey, you will be implying consent and any information used will remain anonymous and cannot be connected to you. Any information you provide anonymously may be utilized in an MOT evidence based capstone project.

Thank you for your participation!
Joyce Salls, OTR/L, OTD
Chatham University
salls@chatham.edu

8/22/16: This survey is now closed. Thanks for your participation.


Occupational Therapists' use of Driving Simulators

The purpose of this research is to identify if and how occupational therapists are using driving simulators in their clinical settings. I want individuals who like and do not like driving simulators to answer the survey. By doing this research, I hope to ascertain how we can educate, assist, or facilitate effective use of this potentially useful tool. You are being invited to take part in this research you have a driving simulator. The amount of time it will take you to complete this survey is less than 10 minutes, unless you have additional comments. If you agree to take part in this survey, you will be only asked questions that relate to driving simulators, your clinical setting and the type of clients you serve. ECU’s Institutional Review Board oversees this research. Therefore, some of the IRB members or the IRB staff may need to review my research data. However, the information you provide will not be linked to you. In fact, the links will be anonymous, thus, your responses cannot be traced back to you by anyone, including me.

Thank you,

Anne Dickerson, PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM, FAOTA
East Carolina University
dickersona@ecu.edu

4/1/16: This survey is now closed, thanks for your participation!

 

Occupational Therapists and Continuing Education 

Participate in a research study to examine the factors, perceptions and attitudes of occupational therapy practitioners in relation to continuing professional education. You are being invited to participate if you are licensed to practice OT in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Please follow the link below for further instructions.

Thank you!

Tracy Nornhold, MEd, OTR/L
Pinnacle Health System
tmnornhold@comcast.net

4/30/16: This survey is now closed, thanks for your participation!


 

 

 




 

 

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