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Self-Management for Stroke: Evidence and Practical Takeaways (CE Course)

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In this 1-hour course, occupational therapy practitioners will learn about promising research regarding stroke rehab—specifically, interventions that are geared toward self-management.

The good news is that much of the research backs what we are already doing. The authors build upon our existing foundations of OT, providing practical ideas for tweaking your care to leverage the principles of self-management.

The course will begin with a breakdown of the research, and then Lauren Sheehan, OTD, OTR/L, an occupational therapist and stroke-care expert, will join us to discuss practical takeaways.

In order to earn credit for this course, you must take the test within the OT Potential Club.

You can find more details on this course here:
https://otpotential.com/ceu-podcast-courses/self-management-for-stroke

Here's the primary research we are discussing:

Parke, H. L., Epiphaniou, E., Pearce, G., Taylor, S. J., Sheikh, A., Griffiths, C. J., . . . Pinnock, H. (2015). Self-Management Support Interventions for Stroke Survivors: A Systematic Meta-Review. Plos One,10(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131448

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OT Reduces Hospital Readmissions! (And, in a Cost-Effective Way!)

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My first thought after I read this article was that I need to share it with our hospital’s CEO. This is exactly the kind of article that I want our administrators and leaders to be reading. 

My second thought was that every OT needs a copy of this article to display on their desk like an inspirational poster :-)

It’s that huge.

This is the largest (and most important, in my opinion) study we’ve examined so far in the Club. The authors analyzed data from 1,194,251 Medicare patients, and they found that OT was the only category of spending where higher investment led to lower readmission rates across three different diagnoses: heart failure, pneumonia, and acute myocardial infarction.

To join the conversation on this article, sign-in or sign-up for the OT Potential Club at otpotential.com!

Rogers, A. T., Bai, G., Lavin, R. A., & Anderson, G. F. (2016). Higher Hospital Spending on Occupational Therapy Is Associated With Lower Readmission Rates. Medical Care Research and Review, 74(6), 668–686. doi: 10.1177/1077558716666981

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OT and Shifting Values

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We OTs are navigating an ever-changing maze of legislation, reimbursement, and care-delivery models.

But, this week’s article calls us to focus on our profession’s most important relationship of all: our relationship with our clients.

Get ready to really ponder the nature of our partnerships with clients...and to consider these relationships in terms like trust and vulnerability.

The researchers held focus groups that examined how patient/provider relationships are changing due to both parties' reliance on the internet for answers. The results are fascinating.

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Townsend, A., Leese, J., Adam, P., Mcdonald, M., Li, L. C., Kerr, S., & Backman, C. L. (2015). eHealth, Participatory Medicine, and Ethical Care: A Focus Group Study of Patients’ and Health Care Providers’ Use of Health-Related Internet Information. Journal of Medical Internet Research, 17(6). doi: 10.2196/jmir.3792

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OT, Sensory Differences, and Psychosis

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During this time of COVID-19, we OTs are doing what we do best: being adaptable. In this case, a global pandemic has us reimagining what our therapy can look like. 

It is our hope that the OT Potential Club can help you do that in a proactive way. 

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been looking at research that highlights new opportunities to reach our patients and improve outcomes. 

This week’s article fits well in that theme. 

It calls us back to a basic principle: part of our role is to intervene early in the disease process, ideally helping to prevent some of the most worrisome disease symptoms. 

This week, we are looking at an article about psychosis which, frankly, is one of the most challenging symptoms that can present with many mental illnesses. 

But, there’s good news:
Research indicates that it’s possible to identify those at high risk for psychosis—and even reduce the number of people who experience a full-blown episode.

And, in this brand-new study, you’ll see how an assessment that many OTs are accustomed to administering—The Sensory Profile—may not only help guide early identification of at-risk youth, but also help inform subsequent treatment.

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Parham, L. D., Roush, S., Downing, D. T., Michael, P. G., & Mcfarlane, W. R. (2019). Sensory characteristics of youth at clinical high risk for psychosis. Early Intervention in Psychiatry, 13(2), 264–271. doi: 10.1111/eip.12475


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In-Clinic Versus Telehealth OT for Adults After Stroke

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Therapists across the globe are advocating that telehealth delivery be covered by our licenses (and reimbursed by insurers). Now, more than ever, I think it’s important to examine the research that backs up these efforts.

The reality is that even before COVID-19, telehealth was showing significant promise to help reach more clients, and even improve outcomes.

This week’s article is a randomized control trial (RCT) from one of the world’s most influential journals: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). And, the results indicate that telehealth delivered to stroke patients to address UE motor deficits appeared to be just as effective as similar care care that was delivered in a clinic.

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Cramer, S. C., Dodakian, L., Le, V., See, J., Augsburger, R., Mckenzie, A., … Janis, S. (2019). Efficacy of Home-Based Telerehabilitation vs In-Clinic Therapy for Adults After Stroke. JAMA Neurology, 76(9), 1079. doi: 10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.1604

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OT and Coaching via Telehealth

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One of the general trends we’ve been following on the podcast is the potential of using coaching strategies in occupational therapy. 

And, as therapists around the globe are dialing into teletherapy, this research trend merits some consideration. After all, it may be an effective strategy to consider as many of us are seeking to restructure how we offer our occupational therapy services.

This week’s article on occupation-based coaching via telehealth really paints a picture of how coaching techniques may be an effective tool for OT professionals as our profession navigates this new frontier.

You can join the conversation about this research in The OT Potential Club! 

Little, L. M., Pope, E., Wallisch, A., & Dunn, W. (2018). Occupation-Based Coaching by Means of Telehealth for Families of Young Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72(2). doi: 10.5014/ajot.2018.024786

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OT and Telehealth Research

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The world has changed drastically in a week’s time—and we are being asked to change with it.

I know this has meant long, exhausting days. And, that we have been left scrambling trying to figure out what a “new normal” will look like in the weeks ahead. 

For many of you, telehealth will be part of this new normal. This is why I wanted to spend this week discussing AOTA’s Position Paper on Telehealth with you.

No matter how quickly the world changes, I believe that, together, we can stay grounded in our mission: to provide the best possible care to our patients. 

Please join on discussion on this and other coronavirus topics in
The OT Potential Club.

Cason, Jana, DHS,O.T.R./L.F., A.O.T.A., Hartmann, Kim, PhD,O.T.R./L., F.A.O.T.A., Jacobs, Karen, EdD, CPE,O.T.R./L., F.A.O.T.A., & Richmond, Tammy, MS,O.T.R./L., F.A.O.T.A. (2018). Telehealth in occupational therapy. The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 72, 1-18. 


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OT and the Coronavirus

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Across the globe, our priority has shifted to quelling the spread of the novel coronavirus, which causes the illness dubbed COVID-19.

The community in the OT Potential Club was created so OT professionals could collaborate on tough issues. This is exactly the time to share what is working in our healthcare settings—and what isn't.

This week, we will be looking at care delivery guidelines released by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

There is much to discuss this week, and I hope you will weigh in with your perspective as we all strive to keep our patients healthy and safe.

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OT and Transgender Health

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In this podcast, we discuss an article on transgender health that makes a very specific recommendation for the role occupational therapy professionals can play in providing care to the transgender community

We'll also discuss some general recommendations and considerations to keep in mind next time you find a transgender client on your caseload.

Finally, we'll wrap up by talking about some trends that have repeatedly appeared in the research we've covered...and I am excited to discuss these with you!

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If you are you are not a Club member, you can join the waitlist!

Wylie, K., Knudson, G., Khan, S. I., Bonierbale, M., Watanyusakul, S., & Baral, S. (2016). Serving transgender people: clinical care considerations and service delivery models in transgender health. The Lancet , 388 (10042), 401–411. doi: 10.1016/s0140-6736(16)00682-6

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OT and Functional Electrical Stimulation

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Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is one of those topics that we need to be keeping up with as OT practitioners, in part because there are some very compelling stories about its use that our patients may be encountering. 

This week's article gives us a helpful update on what we know (and don't know) about FES, and its use in a comprehensive stroke program.

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Howlett, O. A., Lannin, N. A., Ada, L., & McKinstry, C. (2015). Functional electrical stimulation improves activity after stroke: A systematic review with meta-analysis. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 96(5), 934-943. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apmr.2015.01.013

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The Evidence Behind Sensory Interventions

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This week, the podcast tackles a topic that can be confusing: sensory processing interventions for kids with autism.

We look at a systematic review that tries to categorize different types of these interventions, then examine the evidence around each category.

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Case-Smith, J., Weaver, L. L., & Fristad, M. A. (2014). A systematic review of sensory processing interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders. Autism, 19(2), 133–148. doi: 10.1177/1362361313517762

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OT and the Perfect Storm of Pain Management

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I’m sure most of us have experienced aspects of healthcare delivery that seem, shall we say, less than ideal

Maybe you’ve found yourself wondering just how, on earth, we managed to get where we are. 

How can our sophisticated healthcare systems, sometimes lead to such poor care? 

This week’s article is truly unique because it is a narrative review telling the story of one such healthcare failure: the opioid crisis. 

Even if you feel your work doesn't directly relate to the opioid crisis, I hope you consider spending some time with this article. It helps us understand the current state of healthcare, and perhaps you will find some ideas for how we can move forward. 

Tompkins, D. A., Hobelmann, J. G., & Compton, P. (2017). Providing chronic pain management in the “Fifth Vital Sign” Era: Historical and treatment perspectives on a modern-day medical dilemma. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 173. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.12.002

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Strengths-based OT for Ataxia Telangiectasia

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I was reaching the end of this week’s article when my eyes suddenly flooded with tears.

That’s because I encountered something we had not yet seen in the OT Potential Podcast: strengths-based recommendations. And I don't mean strength training. I mean focusing on our patients' strengths (rather than their impairments) and leveraging them so patients get the absolute most out of their care.

This concept is especially important when you consider the patient population we examine this week: those with ataxia telangiectasia (A-T).

We could easily focus on the disabilities of patients with this rare disease. However, the authors of this week's article did a fantastic job of looking at the innate strengths of patients with A-T, and how we might consider them when creating care plans. I will be eager to hear from anyone who has worked with this population and/or has experience with strengths-based approaches.

Rothblum-Oviatt, C., Wright, J., Lefton-Greif, M.A. et al. Ataxia telangiectasia: a review. Orphanet J Rare Dis 11, 159 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13023-016-0543-7

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OT and MELAS Syndrome

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MELAS Syndrome is a rare and complex condition—but it is also statistically likely that someone in your community is living with it.

This week's article provides a helpful overview of what we know (and don't know) about this syndrome, as well as considerations for our OT care.

El-Hattab, A. W., Adesina, A. M., Jones, J., & Scaglia, F. (2015). MELAS syndrome: Clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, and treatment options. Molecular Genetics and Metabolism, 116(1-2), 4–12. doi: 10.1016/j.ymgme.2015.06.004

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OT, Pain, and The Biopsychosocial Model

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I'm sure we all have people in our lives (or, at least on our caseloads) who suffer from chronic pain.

This week's article explores chronic low back pain (LBP) and the biopsychosocial approach. You might feel a bit of deja vu, as we're finding again that a multi-faceted approach seems to work best to get results in healthcare—and, in my opinion, a multidisciplinary approach for LBP should likely include occupational therapy.

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Kamper, S. J., Apeldoorn, A. T., Chiarotto, A., Smeets, R. J. E. M., Ostelo, R. W. J. G., Guzman, J., & Tulder, M. W. V. (2015). Multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation for chronic low back pain: Cochrane systematic review and meta-analysis. Bmj , 350 (feb18 5). doi: 10.1136/bmj.h444

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OT and Neurological Soft Signs

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Soft neurological signs are a hot topic in the OT community right now. And I can see why: soft signs give us a window into all the happening at a biological level in many common conditions. And, they may be impacting more patients your caseload than you may realize. 

This week's article on a specific soft neurological sign in ADHD gives you a window into where the research is at with soft neurological signs—as well as their potential future clinical applications.

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Kaneko, M., Yamashita, Y., & Iramina, K. (2016). Quantitative evaluation system of soft neurological signs for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Sensors, 16(1), 116.

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OT and Dementia

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Dementia is poised to present the most profound global health challenge of the 21st century. The incidence of dementia is skyrocketing, and I believe OTs have a vital role to play in caring for these patients.

This week's article is an extremely comprehensive summary of dementia care—and it covers all sorts of evidence about prevention, screening, and intervention.

This article is an important read for anyone who works with adults and/or has a loved one impacted by this disease.

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Livingston, G., Sommerlad, A., Orgeta, V., Costafreda, S. G., Huntley, J., Ames, D., . . . Mukadam, N. (2017). Dementia prevention, intervention, and care. Lancet (London, England), 390(10113), 2673-2734.

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Translating Evidence into your OT Practice

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Have you ever stopped and asked yourself that million-dollar question: How do we incorporate all this cool new research into our OT practice?

This week's discussion is all about knowledge translation, and it will present a somewhat sad reality: we're not exactly sure of the best ways to translate knowledge into practice.

But, there are some great gems in here about active versus passive learning. This is a very important topic to explore if we want to keep our profession evidence-based and relevant.

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

Jones, C. A., Roop, S. C., Pohar, S. L., Albrecht, L., & Scott, S. D. (2014). Translating Knowledge in Rehabilitation: Systematic Review. Physical Therapy, 95(4), 663–677. doi: 10.2522/ptj.20130512

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OT vs. No Therapy— which is better?

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Anytime we compare the outcomes of patients receiving OT vs. no therapy, we have a vested interest—we clearly want to see that the OT group has better outcomes.

But, the harsh reality is that this is not always the case.

When we run into examples where OT doesn't seem to be effective, we all need to all step into a growth mindset and confront this failure head-on.

There is a lot to learn from this article, which looks at OT vs no therapy for mild to moderate Parkinson's Disease, and I think it might be one of the most important articles for us to take in this year.

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

Also, as mentioned in the podcast, here is our blog post with the ongoing best price on MedBridge.

Clarke, C., Walker, M., Sackley, C., Patel, S., Ives, N., Dowling, F. and Woolley, R. (2016). Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy and Mild to Moderate Parkinson Disease.. JAMA Neurology, 73(7), p.894.

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OT, Exergaming, and MS

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We have already seen our fair share of technology-related research on the podcast, but this week's article introduces a type of tech that we have not yet discussed: exergaming.

This particular article looks at exergaming for patients with MS, but it also brought up larger questions about the role of OT in exercise and habit formation—and, ultimately, in identity transformation.

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

Also, here is the blog post mentioned in the article: OT vs PA: Which to be?

Finally, please consider supporting this podcast by checking out our info on the MedBridge Black Friday promo code and giveaway from 11/28-12/2.

Plow, M., & Finlayson, M. (2013). A Qualitative Study Exploring the Usability of Nintendo Wii Fit among Persons with Multiple Sclerosis. Occupational Therapy International, 21(1), 21–32. doi: 10.1002/oti.1345

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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.

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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.

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

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!)

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

To further support the OT Potential Podcast, please consider using our promo code for MedBridge. Students can use our MedBridge Student Discount.

If you are looking for a group discount on a MedBridge subscription for your business/clinic, check out the Enterprise Solution! 

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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.

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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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