OSOT Congratulates Dr. Catherine Donnelly, Recipient of the OSOTRF Strategic Priorities Grant 2019

The OSOT Research Fund (OSOTRF) belongs to OSOT members and represents their commitment to support occupational therapy research in Ontario.

Through the OSOTRF, two annual grants are available - the OSOT Strategic Priorities Grant ($10,000) and the OT Research Grant ($1000).

This year the OSOT Strategic Priorities Research Grant is awarded to Dr. Catherine Donnelly, OT Reg. (Ont.) and her research associates; Amanda Mofina, OT Reg. (Ont.), PhD Candidate, Jordan Miller, PhD, and Joan Tranmer, PhD for their study The Association Between Home Care Occupational Therapy Services and Health Utilization Outcomes among Individuals with Multimorbidity.

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Background: Individuals with multimorbid conditions access the health care system more frequently and are at an increased risk for poor health outcomes, increased hospital use, increased emergency department visits and subsequent hospital readmissions. Occupational therapists are uniquely positioned to help these medically complex individuals negotiate successful transitions in health care by providing supports to address their functional needs. What remains uncertain is the association between home care occupational therapy and health care utilization outcomes for individuals with multimorbid conditions. The overall goal of this study is to determine the association between home care occupational therapy and health care utilization outcomes for individuals with multimorbidity following a recent hospital discharge.

Methods: This retrospective cohort study will use linked data from the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences health administrative databases. Using propensity score matching, which controls baseline differences between comparison groups, we will determine the independent effect of occupational therapy on health care utilization outcomes. Implications: This research aims to provide population-level data to support the role of rehabilitation beyond single condition cases. If occupational therapy demonstrates a positive effect on health utilization outcomes, clinical pathways could be implemented wherein a referral to occupational therapy is automatically triggered if an individual has multimorbid conditions.

View past OSOTRF Recipients.