Surveys / Research

The Ontario Society of Occupational Therapists is pleased to support research activity that relates to occupational therapy!  We encourage members to PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH ACTIVITIES VIA SURVEYS when one's scope of competence relates to the research.

The following posts have been purchased by the researchers to access OSOT membership.  While posting does not imply OSOT partnership or sponsorship, WE ENCOURAGE MEMBERS TO PARTICIPATE!


Current Research


1.  The potential impact of technology in improving the efficiencies of occupational therapy home visiting services.

Researcher(s): 
Principal Investigator: Associate Professor, Courtenay Harris, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work Student Researchers: Marie Elorie Duboisee De Ricquebourg De Sylva, Vanessa Lim, Henna Mukesh Shah, Hemi Mukesh Shah

 
Research Description:  
Current literature found that technology has created solutions for communication, collecting and monitoring data, diagnosis and treatment, and managing electronic health records. However, there is limited literature covering the use of technology for home visiting services specific to the occupational therapy (OT) discipline. There is also a lack of research focusing on how technology can be used to improve the implementation of OT assessments, interventions and work processes in home visiting. Therefore, this study aims to provide an opportunity to identify how and what kind of technology can be used before, during and after home visits to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the process. It will also assist our community partner, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, to identify whether they would benefit from implementing technology into their Home Visiting Department. If significant improvements are seen in home visiting through the application of technology, cross jurisdictional sharing can be applied to enhance the quality of home visiting services across Australia.

We are currently looking for Occupational Therapists who;
Are currently working in the home visiting department.
Have experience with home visiting interventions, assessments and documentation.
 
Response Deadline:
July 29, 2019

Survey Information and Link to Participate


2.  Determining the Need for 24-Hour Supervision: A Cross-sectional Survey of the Clinical Decision Making Process of Canadian Occupational Therapists in the Private Practice Sector


Researcher(s): 
Co-Investigator: Kendra Flemming Hons. BKin, MSc Occupational Therapy Candidate (2019), Co-Investigator: Richard Ferri  Hons. BKin, MSc Occupational Therapy Candidate (2019), Co-Investigator: Mathew Rose OT(Reg.) ON, CCLCP Co-Investigator: Avelino (Jun) Maranan  Jr. OTD, MHM, MClSc, Hon.BSc, OT Reg. (Ont.), CPRP, Co-Investigator: Emily Nalder PHD, OT (Reg.).

 
Research Description:  
OTs working in private practice have an established role in assessing the amount of care an individual may need. Determining the need for 24-hour supervision is one of the most economically significant decisions recommendations an OT can make, and yet there are no established guidelines regarding how to determine the need for 24-hour supervision to inform their decision making. Currently there is no research describing how OTs assess the need for 24-hour supervision which is required to guide future research and inform guideline development. This study will explore how OTs are assessing the need for 24-hour supervision including; assessments used, clinical reasoning styles, and confidence levels. 

Response Deadline:
July 1, 2019

Survey Information and Link to Participate


3.  Understanding Sustainability: Perspectives of Canadian Occupational Therapists

Researcher(s): 
Jane Davis, MSc, OT Reg. (Ont.), Primary Investigator, and Lecturer, Crystal Chan, BSc, Student Occupational Therapist and Researcher, Lois Lee, BSc, Student Occupational Therapist and Researcher
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto
 
Research Description:  
This study is being done to increase our understanding of how parents participate and engage in children’s school-based occupational therapy services and what factors impact their engagement. We also aim to understand how clinicians can better support families to engage, and what support clinicians need to do so. 
In this study, we will interview 12-15 parents of children who have received school-based occupational therapy services in Ontario, and 5-6 occupational therapists who work in school support services. 

Response Deadline:
May 30, 2019

Survey Information and Link to Participate