OT Now Columns

For more information, please contact the managing editor, Flora To-Miles.

Aboriginal Peoples & Occupational Therapy in Canada
Topic Editors:  Janet Jull and Alison Gerlach
The intent of the Aboriginal Health column in is to promote a much needed national discourse on occupational therapy and Aboriginal peoples’ in Canada.  The column will provide a forum for occupational therapists, Aboriginal clients, and stakeholders to share stories, experiences, and perspectives.  Aboriginal peoples’ health care strengths and needs are diverse, complex and influenced significantly by their history of colonization. Our profession has much to learn about the role of occupational therapy with Aboriginal clients, communities and key stakeholders. We welcome all comments and proposals for submissions.

Enhancing Practice

Topic Editors:
  Older Adults: Sandra Hobson
  Adults: Patricia Dickson
  Children and Youth: Gail Teachman
  Mental Health: Regina Casey
  Rural Practice: Niki Kiepek
As occupational therapists working in today's dynamic, fast-paced, challenging environment how can we make our practice more effective, more efficient and more reflective?  The Enhancing Practice series of columns present occupational therapists with ideas and information to foster thoughtful, reflective and evidence-based practice.  Enhancing Practice columns target specific client populations or areas of practice and are meant to share knowledge that will deepen our understanding of research, systems and clinical issues and ways to use this knowledge to the best advantage of our clients and our profession.

International Connections

Topic Editor: Andrew Freeman
CAOT recognizes that international trade agreements are encouraging professional mobility and our members need information to prepare for global marketing of their expertise and services. Many Canadian occupational therapists have worked abroad setting up client services, developing educational programmes, or in previously established settings experiencing another country’s practices and customs. In this column we invite Canadian occupational therapists to share their international experiences.  In addition to submitted articles, information regarding CAOT and WFOT international activities will also be featured along with other resources to help you in your international connections.

In Touch with Assistive Technology

Topic Editor: Pam McCaskill
This column aims to assist occupational therapists to gain knowledge or remain current in the area of assistive technology. For the purposes of the column, the definition of assistive technology includes any item, piece of equipment or product system (whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized) that is used to maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Topics may take a number of formats and may include but are not limited to:
 
A. Longer articles (1500 words) such as…

  1. An overview of a range of products and/or reviews of specific devices. Individual reviews should not exceed 500 words.
  2. Case studies that demonstrate the innovative use of assistive technologies to enhance independence. Contributions that incorporate the user’s perspective would be of interest.
  3. Descriptions and application of technology that has helped in your service delivery as an occupational therapist.

B. Shorter pieces such as…

  1. Information and description of a website that you have found useful (less than 100 words).
  2. A manufacturer’s overview of a relevant new product (less than 50 words). The author should provide details of the name, model number and Canadian distributor of the equipment discussed. Photographs of the equipment and/or user are often helpful, preferably in digital format, no less than 300 DPI.

OT Then

Topic Editor: Hadassah Rais
The OT Then column is intended to provide opportunities for occupational therapists to cameo profiles of members of the profession who have lived professional lives that warrant recognition by their peers. Content for the column can also include matters such as regional past histories that reflect key milestones for the profession or the town/city/area. In addition, unusual roles and programs that were either led by or involved occupational therapists in some way. This can be a great vehicle for groups of colleagues to provide tributes to other colleagues either from the past or others who have developed initiatives that are illustrative of new roles and so on. We need to capture our roots, what has stemmed from them and also where our current efforts are aimed at taking us.  Remember, history informs our present and our future.

Sense of Doing

Topic Editor: Shanon Phelan
As occupational therapists our primary role is to enable people’s occupation. To do this well we need to understand occupation to its fullest. Sense of Doing, affords the readers of OT Now an exciting opportunity to exchange perspectives on occupation and its role in our practice. This column will provide a venue for dialogue about occupation; it will feature discussions pertaining to questions which are asked by practicing occupational therapists and occupational scientists. The focus of the column will be on those aspects of the sense of doing that are of greatest concern to practitioners so that we, as occupational therapists, can make sense not only of what other people do but also what we do. It is the intention of the editors that the column will address the needs of occupational therapists trying to use occupation in their day-to-day practice. The column will feature both submitted articles and articles by the editors addressing the questions being asked by readers that relate the occupation, its study, and its enablement.

Student Perspectives

Topic Editors: Sarah Hobbs  and Sarah Villiger
Occupational Therapy students are as valuable a part of the OT community as the experienced and wise practitioners. It is the students of today that will take on the mantle and be the ones to continue developing and defining this profession in the future.

The purpose of this column is to add some volume to the student voice. Articles can be submitted on a diverse range of topics such as, but certainly not limited to: what excites or concerns you about entering into the working world of OT; who or what inspires you – maybe a fieldwork preceptor, a client, a member of you Faculty;  what you see as challenges for OT in the future and, maybe more importantly, what you see as possible solutions for these challenges;  do you feel adequately prepared by your academic program to start your OT practice;  what do you view as being exciting new area of practice for OTs to work in?
Published articles written will be read by students across the country and will hopefully spark debate and communication. This is the opportunity to inspire, to question and to inform other students and also our OT mentors.

e-Health and Occupational Therapy

Topic Editor: Pam McCaskill
This column examines occupational therapists’ experiences with using technologies to provide services at a distance. Occupational therapists use a wide range of technologies that range from “low-tech” to “high-tech”. These include PDAs, videophones, and stand-alone telehealth units. Modes of communication also vary widely and include the Internet, ISDN and POTs. Technologies may also be used for conducting assessments, interviews, team conferences or continuing education. As more occupational therapists incorporate technologies into their practice, they are faced with new issues and challenges. These issues include distance supervision of students and rehabilitation assistants, and the roles of occupational therapists as expert consultants at a distance, sometimes between provinces. The psychometric properties of tools used in assessments conducted at a distance also need to be examined. We invite clinicians to submit articles, vignettes or success stories on their experiences with e-health and occupational therapy. The editors encourage clinicians and students to submit questions and answers that will help the clinical community to understand e-health and occupational therapy. We also welcome submissions from researchers who are addressing issues related to e-health and occupational therapy.

KT and OT: Knowledge Translation and Occupational Therapy

Topic Editors: Heather Colquhuon and Keiko Shikako-Thomas
Despite recent emphases on evidence-based and evidence-informed practice, very little health-related research makes its way into the delivery of typical health services. Users and creators of research remain fairly distinct bodies. Knowledge translation, commonly referred to as “KT”, is a concept that frames how the relationships between knowledge users and knowledge creators can become more collaborative, effective, and more useful to all parties. When knowledge is translated effectively, the people who need health services benefit as the knowledge created is relevant, meaningful, and sensitive to the contexts of its users. Occupational therapists use knowledge every day in their clinical practice—knowledge of theories, models, systems, client populations, literature, and research. This column looks to showcase examples of knowledge translation in action. The following are examples of the types of articles for the KT and OT column:

  • Case studies that describe knowledge translation activities in practice, at the individual and systems levels.
  • Discussion of how knowledge could be best integrated into practice.
  • Discrepancies between current knowledge and practice patterns, and how knowledge translation activities might be framed to redress those discrepancies.
  • Clarify terms associated with knowledge translation that are used in a variety of ways across the literature.

Private Practice Insights

Topic Editor: Flora To-Miles

There are many new private practice occupational therapists as well as many new opportunities in this area. This OT Now column focuses on sharing the successes and challenges of occupational therapy private practice. Authors are invited to submit articles regarding:

  • Profiles of successful occupational therapy practitioners describing how and why they entered private practice, their motivations and what sustains them.
  • Specific market(s) and how occupational therapy services are delivered.
  • Challenging business situation(s) and how they were resolved. Examples could include mergers, tax audits, partnerships, providing student placements, etc.
  • Successful management practices such as record keeping, budgeting, requests for proposals, hours of operations, fee schedules, marketing communications, etc.
  • Examples of collaborative projects that enhance business success for occupational therapy practices.

CJOT: Evidence for Your Practice
Topic Editor: Briana Zur

Fieldwork and Education
Topic Editor: Catherine White

Practice Management and Professional Skills
Topic Editor: Tiziana Bontempo

Occupational Therapist Assistants and Support Personnel
Topic Editor: Erin Moerman

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