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OT and the CO-OP Approach

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I believe that the future of occupational therapy will involve more intentional incorporation of learning strategies into our treatment sessions.

That's why I think it is very important that we all pay attention to the evidence that is piling up behind the CO-OP Approach, which is a systematized learning strategy.

I'm personally new to this specific approach, so I'm really excited for you all to weigh in on what you think of it.

To discuss this article please join us at the OT Potential Club.

Scammell, E. M., Bates, S. V., Houldin, A., & Polatajko, H. J. (2016). The Cognitive Orientation to daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP): A scoping review. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 83(4), 216–225. doi: 10.1177/0008417416651277



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Extending OT's Scope of Practice

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Here in the United States, OTs are facing some pretty disheartening reimbursement changes.

But, this week's article seems to lay the groundwork for arguing that instead of restricting OT, we should be seeking to expand the role of occupational therapy practitioners.

I found a lot of hope in this article, and I'll be very curious to hear what you think!

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Saxon, R., Gray, M., & Oprescu, F. (2014). Extended roles for allied health professionals: an updated systematic review of the evidence. Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, 479. doi: 10.2147/jmdh.s66746



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OT and Referral of Older Adults with Cancer

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Getting the right patients into therapy at the right time is the first step to great OT care.

But, the research we've explored around this topic has suggested that we have a lot of potential for improvement in this area.

This week's article looks at therapy referrals for older adults with cancer, and I hope it will serve as a conversation starter in the Club. We absolutely must look into the broader challenge of connecting with patients who could potentially benefit from our services.

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You can read the article here: The prevalence of potentially modifiable functional deficits and the subsequent use of occupational and physical therapy by older adults with cancer.

Pergolotti, M., Deal, A. M., Lavery, J., Reeve, B. B., & Muss, H. B. (2015). The prevalence of potentially modifiable functional deficits and the subsequent use of occupational and physical therapy by older adults with cancer. Journal of Geriatric Oncology, 6(3), 194–201. doi: 10.1016/j.jgo.2015.01.004



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OT, Cognition, and Parkinson's

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This week, we are looking at promising research behind a cognitive rehabilitation program for Parkinson's. 

And, I'll just skip to the good news—the gains in cognitive rehab actually translated to increased functional abilities, which says to me that this is important research for us all to consider.

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You can read the article here: Improving functional disability and cognition in Parkinson’s disease randomized controlled trial.

Pena, J., Ibarretxe-Bilbao, N., Garcia-Gorostiaga, I., Gomez-Beldarrain, M. A., Diez-Cirarda, M., & Ojeda, N. (2014). Improving functional disability and cognition in Parkinson disease: Randomized controlled trial. Neurology, 83(23), 2167–2174. doi: 10.1212/wnl.0000000000001043

Also, Happy World OT Day to my fellow occupational therapy practitioners. On the blog this week, we updated our Guide to Occupational Therapy for you to share with your communities. 




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Early Mobilization in the ICU

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This article subverted my expectations, to say the least. The researchers looked at the effects of early mobilization in the ICU, and their findings might surprise you, too.

At the same time, reading this article left me feeling more confident than ever about occupational therapy's unique role in helping ICU patients regain function. (Not to mention, our overall focus on function in all settings!)

To discuss this article please join us at the OT Potential Club

Effect of early rehabilitation during intensive care unit stay on functional status: Systematic review and meta-analysis 



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OT and Food Selectivity

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This week on the OT Potential Podcast, we are looking at an article that explores the feasibility of a protocol designed to address food selectivity in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

The intervention being studied incorporates a parent-coaching approach to addressing food selectivity. We've seen parent-coaching employed in a previous article, and this is definitely a trend you will want to follow.

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OT and Ataxia

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Hereditary ataxia is a rare condition, and you probably don't see it on a regular basis. This week's podcast discusses guidelines on the management of chronic ataxias, and you might be tempted to gloss over the info if it doesn't directly relate to your caseload.

But, there are some important takeaways from the discussion—including a reminder that, in the absence of a cure, your clinical reasoning and problem-solving skills are some of the best interventions available to these patients.



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Cerebral Palsy and High Repetition UE Rehab

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The article we look at this week is a great introduction to and robot-assisted therapy and massed practice—and, even though this is our first time looking at cerebral palsy, you will find that this article builds on previous discussions we’ve had on motor learning.

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Conventional OT versus high tech approaches

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An ongoing topic we've seen in research is whether high-tech interventions outperforms conventional OT care. And, this latest episode certainly contributes to this conversation, as we talk about virtual reality in acute stroke. 

While we absolutely need to keep technology developments on our radar, I hope you find renewed confidence that your clinical reasoning may be what our patients need most.

To participate in the forum discussion about this topic, please go here: https://otpotential.com/ot-potential-club



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OT and High-Repetition, Task-Specific Training

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Even if you don't work with stroke patients, I highly suggest you take time to read about the conversation going on around high-repetition, task-specific OT interventions for stroke.

A lot of research is being done around this topic and I think it is going to end up having ripple effects for therapists in many practices areas.

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OT and Belonging

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Have you ever felt like our understanding of occupation doesn't fully capture what matters to people and motivates them?

If so, you are not alone.

In this week's article, we find an argument that our current models of occupation are missing one of the prime human motivators of activity: belonging.

This is our first OT-specific article and our first theory-specific article, and I can't wait to hear your thoughts on it!

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OT and Cortical Changes from Therapy

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I'm going to call it official. Research about biomarkers to assess the efficacy of occupational therapy is a trend in the OT Potential Podcast.

This week on the Podcast we are discussing our second article about biomarkers for balance recovery after stroke.

Even if you don't work with stroke patients, this is a topic that we all should be paying attention to, because my prediction is it is going to be impacting your practice in the next decade.

We also briefly talk about some updates to the OT Potential Club



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OT and The PLAY Project

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This week in the OT Potential Club, we look at a randomized control trial of the PLAY Project, which is an early-intervention program that treats young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

While this sounds very specific, I think it's applicable to all OTs, since some broad themes and questions arise from the research. One of the biggest questions, which applies to all patients, involves both time and money: 

How in the world can we get patients enough treatment time to actually see meaningful outcomes—and how can we do this in a cost-effective way?

We also briefly talk about our new blog post, How to Become an OT, as well as some updates to the OT Potential Club



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OT and Parkinson's Disease Research Priorities

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This week’s podcast, looks at 10 priorities that have been set for future Parkinson’s Disease (PD) research.

Whether or not you work with PD patients, I encourage to check the article out, because we discuss some interesting points on how research agendas are set.

To discuss the article further, you can sign up for The OT Potential Club, your online occupational therapy journal club



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Why Timing Matters for OT

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There is a growing body of research studying how timing impacts the quality of medical interventions.

This week's article examines how the time of day (and day of the week) that a patient is admitted to the hospital can impact the quality of care (including OT care) that he or she will receive.

You'll be intrigued by the findings, and I am sure you will walk away eager to learn more about your facility's staffing processes!

To discuss the article further, you can sign up for The OT Potential Club, your online occupational therapy journal club



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OT and Osteogenesis Imperfecta

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When patients with rare conditions come through our doors, it can be a little nerve-racking. We want to feel confident that we are giving them the OT interventions possible—and that means having a foundational knowledge and understanding of their diagnoses.

That's why I'm thankful to have spent time reviewing this week's article on osteogenesis imperfecta (OI).

To discuss the article further, you can sign up for The OT Potential Club, your online occupational therapy journal club.

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OT and CRPS

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This week on the OT Potential Podcast, we are looking at a very timely and important issue: OT's role in pain management, specifically with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.

As the article itself states, OT's role is ESSENTIAL in providing treatment and functional recovery for these patients.

I hope this review makes you feel confident in the care you can provide to CRPS patients.

To discuss the article further, you can sign up for The OT Potential Club, your online occupational therapy journal club.

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OT and Cost Analysis

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This week's article is technically about analyzing the cost of different lumbar fusion techniques.

But, in actuality, it is about so much more than that.

At the end of the day, this article illuminates the problems of the fee-per-service and of the lack of transparency regarding healthcare costs. And, these are issues that we are facing in almost all OT settings.

Here's the article:  A perioperative cost analysis comparing single-level minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion 




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OT and Biomarkers

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Is my OT care helping my patients?

That is one of the primary questions we all want answers to in our work. And, biomarkers represent a new frontier in helping us answer this question.

In this week's OT Potential Potential article review, we will look at how biomarkers can be used in stroke rehab and take a high-level look at this medical trend that we should all be following.

Here's the article we'll review: Connectivity measures are robust biomarkers of cortical function and plasticity after stroke.

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The Pillars of Parkinson's Rehab

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If your caseload contains patients with Parkinson's Disease, you'll definitely want to listen in to this episode, which summarizes the article "Rehabilitation for Parkinson's disease: Current outlook and future challenges."




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Virtual Reality, Stroke, and OT

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In this episode of the OT Potential Podcast, we review the article  A task-specific interactive game-based virtual reality rehabilitation system for patients with stroke: A usability test and two clinical experiments.

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OT and Autism Screening

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In this episode of the OT Potential Podcast, we look at the article Screening for autism spectrum disorder in young children: US preventive services task force recommendation statement.

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OT and Early Arthritis

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In the 13th episode of the OT Potential Podcast, we look at the 2016 update of the EULAR recommendations for the management of early arthritis.

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Pain, Virtual Reality and OT

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In the 12th episode of the OT Potential Podcast, we review the article Feasibility of articulated arm mounted oculus rift virtual reality goggles for adjunctive pain control during OT in pediatric burn patients. This is a great listen for any occupational therapy practitioners who are interested in pain management and/or rehab technology. 

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OT and Congenital CMV

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The 11th episode of the OT Potential Podcast features a review of the article, Universal newborn screening for congenital CMV infection: What is the evidence of potential benefit? This is an important topic not only for NICU and pediatric OTs, but CMV infection is important for all practicing occupational therapy practitioners to have on their radar.

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The evidence behind the ALERT Program®

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In the 10th Episode of the OT Potential Podcast, I teamed up with pediatric therapist, Katie Caspero, MS, OTR/L to discuss the journal article, A critical review of research on the ALERT Program®.

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OT and Stroke: Best Practices for UE Rehab

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In the 9th episode of the OT Potential Podcast, we review the article Rehabilitation of motor function after stroke: A multiple systematic review focused on techniques to stimulate upper extremity recovery.  The article gives direction on which interventions have the most robust research backing them up, and which interventions work best at various stages of stroke.

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OT and Cognitive Therapy in the ICU

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Our 8th episode of the OT Potential Podcast is perfect for anyone who is interested in OT in the ICU and cognitive therapy. In this episode we review the journal article "Feasibility and safety of early combined cognitive and physical therapy for critically ill medical and surgical patients: The Activity and Cognitive Therapy in ICU (ACT-ICU) trial" and talk about its implications for practice and the opportunities it presents.

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OT, Geriatric Oncology, and Phoenix history

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It this episode, I discuss the article "Geriatric assessment-guided care processes for older adults: A Delphi consensus of geriatric oncology experts" and the algorithm it puts forth fo oncologists to provide a geriatric assessment of their older cancer patients. I also share a little bit of OT history I've been investigating relating the Phoenix and the motto "beauty for ashes."

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OT, Autism, and Sensory Integration

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In episode 6, we review our first pediatric OT article, "An intervention for sensory difficulties in children with autism: A randomized trial." This is a great article for any OT practitioners that work with children with autism and sensory difficulties.

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OT Guidelines for Parkinson's

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In episode #5 of the OT Potential Podcast we give an overview Efficacy of occupational therapy for patients with Parkinson's disease: A randomised controlled trial. We discuss the associated treatment guidelines for OT and Parkinson's.

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OT and an Interdisciplinary Approach to Breathlessness

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In the fourth episode of the OT Potential Club, we discuss access to research along with a randomized control trial of an interdisciplinary approach to breathlessness. This is a great episode for OTs that work with clients during the advance stage of their diseases.

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Outpatient OT after Stroke

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In episode three of the OT Potential Podcast, we review an article that looks at what kind and how much outpatient OT is most beneficial for stroke patients, who have UE impairment. The article reviewed article is Effect of a Task-Oriented Rehabilitation Program on Upper Extremity Recovery Following Motor Stroke: The ICARE Randomized Clinical Trial.

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OT, Stem Cells, and Stroke

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In the 2nd episode of the OT Potential Podcast, I discuss how influential OT articles are chosen for review and the journal article Stem Cells as an Emerging Paradigm in Stroke 3: Enhancing the Development of Clinical Trials.

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OT after the ICU

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In the first ever OT Potential Podcast, we review the journal article "Increased hospital-based physical rehabilitation and information provision after intensive care unit discharge: The RECOVER randomized clinical trial", which was published in JAMA in 2015.

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