The Scholarship of Practice: Academic-Practice Collaborations for Promoting Occupational Therapy

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Integrate the freshest research with clinical practice

Occupational therapy (OT) practitioners often lack the fundamental skills to conduct or effectively use research, illustrating a disturbing gap between the advancement of theoretical concepts and the extent to which concepts are actually applied. The Scholarship of Practice: Academic-Practice Collaborations for Promoting Occupational Therapy closes this gap by presenting a conceptual framework that integrates theory and research with clinical practice. Leaders in the field provide insightful, thought-provoking ideas and strategies to promote research and facilitate effective new concepts and theories to hands-on practitioners.

The Scholarship of Practice is a model that blends education with practice, dynamically applying theoretical principles of occupational therapy learned in the classroom to their actual clinical practice. This framework is a planned, focused, practice-relevant way to educate students, build a tradition of independent scholarship, consult with community-based organizations, and contribute to best occupational therapy practice. Case studies show how partnerships and collaborative efforts can foster and apply important advances and rehabilitative strategies within communities. Examples of faculty-practitioner partnering at Duquesne University and the approach to scholarship at the University of Illinois are clearly discussed. This cutting-edge compilation of ideas and research is extensively referenced and filled with useful diagrams and tables.

The Scholarship of Practice: Academic-Practice Collaborations for Promoting Occupational Therapy discusses:

  • evidence-based scholarship
  • participatory action research
  • single case study designs
  • approaches that provide scientific evidence supporting OT services
  • how theory, models, or frames of reference are modified as a result of practice demands or expectations
  • best practices in education
  • continuum of care services
  • the "New Doors Model" that provides occupation-based services—while providing new opportunities for occupational therapists
  • the Practice-Scholar Program at Duquesne University
  • the Concerns Report Method
  • research on the outcomes of practice that support improved services
  • creative fieldwork education that engages students in the scholarship of practice
  • and more!
The Scholarship of Practice: Academic-Practice Collaborations for Promoting Occupational Therapy makes important, enlightening reading for occupational therapists, OT educators and scholars, and graduate students preparing for advanced roles in OT.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789026835
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 10/28/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Editors’ Overview
  • A Scholarship of Practice: Creating Discourse Between Theory, Research and Practice (Gary Kielhofner)
  • Scholarship of Practice in the United Kingdom: An Occupational Therapy Service Case Study (Kirsty Forsyth, Edward A. S. Duncan, and Lynn Summerfield Mann)
  • Completing the Cycle of Scholarship of Practice: A Model for Dissemination and Utilization of Evidence-Based Interventions (Elizabeth Walker Peterson, Elaine McMahon, Marianne Farkas, and Jonathan Howland)
  • A Model of University-Community Partnerships for Occupational Therapy Scholarship and Practice (Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Joy Hammel, Christine Helfrich, Jennifer Thomas, Tom Wilson, and Daphyne Head-Ball)
  • The Practice-Scholar Program: An Academic-Practice Partnership to Promote the Scholarship of "Best Practice" (Patricia Crist, Jaime Phillip Muñoz, Anne Marie Witchger Hansen, Jeryl Benson, and Ingrid Provident)
  • Academic-Clinician Partnerships: A Model for Outcomes Research (Karen A. Stern)
  • Synthesizing Research, Education, and Practice According to the Scholarship of Practice Model: Two Faculty Examples (Renee R. Taylor, Gail Fisher, and Gary Kielhofner)
  • A Collaborative Scholarly Project: Constraint-Induced Movement Therapy (Jan Stube)
  • New Doors: A Community Program Development Model (Kathleen Swenson Miller and Caryn Johnson)
  • A Participatory Action Research Approach for Identifying Health Service Needs of Hispanic Immigrants: Implications for Occupational Therapy (Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Louise I. Martinez, and Clemencia Casas-Byots)
  • Brief or New: Interagency Collaboration to Support Adults with Developmental Disabilities in College Campus Living (John F. Rose, Donna M. Heine, and Cristine M. Gray)
  • Therapists’ and Clients’ Perceptions of the Occupational Performance History Interview (Ashwini Apte, Gary Kielhofner, Amy Paul-Ward, and Brent Braveman)
  • Education and Practice Collaborations: A Pilot Study Between a University Faculty and County Jail Practitioners (Patricia Crist, Andrea Fairman, Jaime Phillip Muñoz, Anne Marie Witchger Hansen, John Sciulli, and Mila Eggers)
  • Achieving Evidence-Based Practice: A Process of Continuing Education Through Practitioner-Academic Partnership (Kirsty Forsyth, Jane Melton, and Lynn Summerfield Mann)
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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