Letter to Editor
State of the Journal, 2022
In 2022, the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) reclaimed its position as the top-ranking occupational therapy journal in the world, according to Journal Impact Factor. Several new AJOT initiatives are improving user access to article topics and facilitating the translation of research into practice.
Inaugural Presidential Address, 2022
Go Big on Your Way Home!
2022 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture
Finding Our Strengths: Recognizing Professional Bias and Interrogating Systems
In this Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, Dr. Kristie Patten discusses the process of preparing for the Slagle, which focuses on using a strengths-based approach in occupational therapy practice.
Weekly Calendar Planning Activity (WCPA): Validating a Measure of Functional Cognition for Adolescents With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
The results of this study reinforce the premise that the Weekly Calendar Planning Activity (WCPA) Middle/High School Version can be implemented as a valid measure of functional cognition among adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Customized Three-Dimensional Printed Splints for Neonates in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Three Case Reports
This is the first published study to highlight the feasibility of creating customized splints using 3D print technology for fragile neonates.
Hand Impairment and Function in Children and Adolescents With Heritable Disorders of Connective Tissue
The results of this study can help clinicians identify, assess, and monitor daily activities, performance skills, and symptoms of children and adolescents with heritable disorders of connective tissue (HDCTs) to promote their participation in all aspects of daily life.
Impact of Occupational Therapy on Self-Care After Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy Among Children With Cerebral Palsy
This study shows improvement in upper and lower extremity dressing and PEDI-CAT daily activities score among children with cerebral palsy, which suggests that inpatient occupational therapy post-SDR may provide benefits.
Goal-Directed Personalized Upper Limb Intensive Therapy (PULIT) for Children With Hemiparesis: A Retrospective Analysis
This study informs occupational therapy practitioners about the effectiveness of the Personalized Upper Limb Intensive Therapy (PULIT) for children with hemiparesis to increase the dexterity of the impaired and dominant upper limb, improve ADL performance, and achieve individual goals.
Lifestyle Redesign® Intervention for Psychological Well-Being and Function in People With Fibromyalgia: A Retrospective Cohort Study
The findings of this study demonstrate the potential benefit of a Lifestyle Redesign® occupational therapy intervention as a complementary approach to the pharmacological treatment of adults with fibromyalgia to improve psychological well-being and function.
Development of a Short-Form Stroke Impact Scale Using a Machine Learning Algorithm for Patients at the Subacute Stage
This article details the development of a short-form Stroke Impact Scale Version 3.0 (SIS 3.0) using a machine learning algorithm (ML–SIS) and concludes that the measure has good potential to be efficient and informative for clinical settings and provides scores that are valid and comparable to those of the original measure.
Cross-Cultural Validation of the Chinese Version of the Health Promoting Activities Scale
The findings of this study confirm that the Chinese version of the Health Promoting Activities Scale (HPAS) is cross-culturally equivalent to the original HPAS, is psychometrically sound, and could be used as an outcome measure of Chinese mothers’ participation in health-promoting activities.
Telehealth Interventions Within the Scope of Occupational Therapy Practice: A Systematic Review
This systematic review highlights evidence to support that occupational therapy interventions delivered via telehealth are similarly effective as those delivered face-to-face, especially for neurological and pain conditions.
Assessing the Impact of Weighted Blankets on Anxiety Among Patients With Anorexia Nervosa and Avoidant– Restrictive Food Intake Disorder: A Randomized Controlled Trial
The findings of this study support the use of weighted blankets, in conjunction with occupational therapy interventions, as potentially a beneficial non-pharmacological option for patients with anorexia nervosa (AN) and avoidant–restrictive food intake disorder (ARFID).
Understanding and Enhancing Occupational Therapists’ Use of Standard Family-Centered Measures
This study supports the promotion and integration of standard family-centered measures (FCMs) into practice to enhance providers’ expertise and quality of care and to guide family-centered care (FCC) interventions and monitor their outcomes.
Canine-Assisted Intervention Effects on the Well-Being of Health Science Graduate Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial
The findings of this study show that a canine-assisted intervention (CAI) is a valuable tool for students and young adults experiencing mental health challenges, including decreased quality of life (QOL), stress, and anxiety.
Rasch Analysis of the Stroke Impact Scale–16
Study results partially support the use of the Stroke Impact Scale–16 (SIS–16) in clinical and research settings for patients with chronic stroke.
Columns: Brief Report
How Occupational Therapists Assess and Address the Occupational Domain of Sleep: A Survey Study
This study highlights gaps in occupational therapists’ knowledge regarding how best to assess and treat sleep problems and offers next steps to improve the profession’s capacity to address the occupation of sleep.
Evidence-Based Practice: Evidence Connection
Occupational Therapy Interventions for College Students With Learning Differences
In this Evidence Connection article, the authors describe a case report of a college-age student receiving supported education services and outline the occupational therapy evaluation and intervention that enhanced her academic engagement as well as her health and wellness.