Health Policy Perspectives
The Promise of Interoperability
Through the continued collection of data and demonstration of outcomes related to treatment, occupational therapy can well position itself for the ongoing changes in health care.
Special Issue on Occupational Therapy and Disability Studies: Guest Editorial
Disability Studies and Occupational Therapy: Renewing the Call for Change
Infusing DS ideas into occupational therapy is essential and can promote greater alignment with priorities of disability communities and spur professional change to dismantle oppressive structures and ideologies.
Special Issue: Research Articles
“A Legitimate Place in the Profession”: Author Reflections on the 2005 Disability Studies Special Issue
Work is needed to embrace a DS-informed critical and intersectional foundation for the profession and explore the ways in which occupational therapy can better partner with populations through a DS lens.
Disability Orientation of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Physical Rehabilitation Settings: Tension Between Medical and Social Models in Theory and Practice
This study offers unique insight into the disability orientation of occupational therapy practitioners, showing a need for more training programs to expose students to the social model of disability.
Hotel Experiences of People With Physical and Sensory Disabilities: A Qualitative Study
Occupational therapy practitioners can improve the hotel experience of people with disabilities through advocacy, consultation with hotels, and direct intervention with clients.
Empowering Caregivers of Children With Disabilities in Zambia: A Photovoice Study
Participatory action research reveals occupational injustices that hinder parents’ engagement in caregiving for their CWD in a marginalized community
“The Strength to Leave”: Women With Disabilities Navigating Violent Relationships and Occupational Identities
Social and structural supports, including children, disability social benefits, and engagement in the disability rights movement, are key for women with disabilities to meet their occupational needs and resist occupational injustices.
Inside an Occupational Therapy–Disability Community Partnership to Promote Health Management: Ethnography of a Research Collaboration
Intentional relationship building through shared governance, clear communication, and recognition of the fluid nature of power dynamics is needed for occupational therapy researchers to collaborate with members of disability communities as equal partners.
Environmental Modifications and Supports for Participation Among Adults Aging With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Scoping Review
The authors define the interconnectedness of adults aging with IDD and environmental factors, identify barriers to participation, and guide occupational therapy practitioners’ logic on how to positively affect environmental change and supports through intervention.
The Lived Experience of Sexuality Among Adults With Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Scoping Review
Occupational therapy practitioners can address barriers to expression of sexuality among adults with IDD as part of client-centered practice and support sexuality as part of the full human experience.
Supporting Occupational Justice for Transgender and Gender-Nonconforming People Through Narrative-Informed Theater: A Mixed-Methods Feasibility Study
The Acceptance and Action Questionnaire–Stigma is an innovative intervention for promoting occupational justice to support the health and well-being of TGNC people.
Impact of Occupational Therapy Education on Students’ Disability Attitudes: A Longitudinal Study
Occupational therapy programs have an important role to play in intervening with students’ assumptions about disability
Recognizing Inequity: A Critical Step of Health Literacy for People With Disability
The findings provide insight into the need to assist clients in developing skills to recognize normalization of disability discrimination and strategies to access equitable health care.
Special Section: Systematic Reviews on Occupational Therapy and Chronic Conditions
Self-Management Interventions to Improve Activities of Daily Living and Rest and Sleep for Adults With Chronic Conditions: A Systematic Review
This systematic review supports the role of occupational therapy in providing self-management interventions to address ADLs and sleep for adults with diabetes and other chronic conditions.
Evidence for Occupational Therapy Interventions Supporting Work and Social Participation for Adults With Multiple Sclerosis: A Systematic Review
This review highlights the lack of and need for interventions within the scope of occupational therapy to increase participation for adults with MS
Evidence for the Effectiveness of Interventions for Caregivers of People With Chronic Conditions: A Systematic Review
Caregivers of people with chronic conditions may benefit from problem-solving and coping skills training, dyadic self-management education, and hands-on training.
Occupational Adaptation of People Living With Fibromyalgia: A Systematic Review and Thematic Synthesis
This review identifies the factors influencing the occupational adaptation of people living with FM and highlights the importance of considering those factors while caring for people with FM.
Psychological Impact of COVID-19 on Occupational Therapists: An Online Survey in Japan
The authors demonstrate the severe negative psychological impact of the increase in workload resulting from COVID-19 and suggest the importance of psychological supports for occupational therapists.
Columns: The Issue Is . . .
Building Bridges: Integrating Disability Ethics Into Occupational Therapy Practice
This article connects AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics with disability ethics using a case-based example to illustrate how disability ethics can enhance practitioner reasoning and provision of care.
Departments: Evidence Connection
Occupational Therapy Interventions for Children and Youth Ages 5 to 21 Years
Evidence-based interventions can support a child’s sleep, social, and ADL routines in a family and community context.