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'Helen's OT News' Bits and pieces from my world of Occupational Therapy. Mostly media stories or open (free) research articles that highlight the work of Occupational Therapist's, with a few bits thrown in which I think are worth sharing. Enjoy. I am UK based, however try to include articles from around the world.
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Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4) - Resource Library - Resources - Housing LIN

Rural Housing for an Ageing Population: Preserving Independence (HAPPI 4) - Resource Library - Resources - Housing LIN | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
An Inquiry established by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Housing and Care for Older People has concluded that older people's housing is neglected in rural areas.
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JPH-Measuring Audience Engagement for Public Health Twitter Chats: Insights From #LiveFitNOLA | Rabarison

JPH-Measuring Audience Engagement for Public Health Twitter Chats: Insights From #LiveFitNOLA | Rabarison | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
A multidisciplinary journal that focuses on public health and technology, public health informatics, mass media campaigns, surveillance, and innovation in public health practice and research. Also dedicated to rapid open data sharing during epidemics.
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3D-printed home built in 24 hours could tackle homelessness

3D-printed home built in 24 hours could tackle homelessness | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
New Story and Icon have worked together to build a house using 3D-printing, an “affordable” and “fast” method that will be used to create homes worldwide.
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This is an amazing idea!
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One-session instruction in pacing doesn’t work

One-session instruction in pacing doesn’t work | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
If there's one form of coping strategy that occupational therapists love, it has to be the idea of "pacing". Of course, the concept of pacing is vexed: we don't have a good definition that's widely accepted so it's difficult to know whether we're doin' it right, but the idea of chunking down the amount of…
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Marie TheOT's curator insight, August 24, 4:53 PM
Are Occupational Therapists using chunking, pacing properly?
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These smart shoes alert you if your grandma falls

These smart shoes alert you if your grandma falls | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
We've seen our fair share of smart shoes at CES in the past, including a pair you can "lace up" using your smartphone. And today, at CES, we came across som
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What Happens When We Let Tech Care For Our Aging Parents

What Happens When We Let Tech Care For Our Aging Parents | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
As the US population ages, people in need of 24/7 monitoring will outnumber available caregivers. One company's answer: Let a digital avatar do the job.
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State of Care | Care Quality Commission

State of Care | Care Quality Commission | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
State of Care 2016/17 State of Care 2016/17 PDF | 3.94 MB State of Care is our annual assessment of health and social care in England. The report looks at the trends, highlights examples of good and outstanding care, and identifies factors that maintain high-quality care.
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Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative studyBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy - Laura Di Bona, Jennifer Wenborn, Becky Field, Sinéad M Hynes, R...

Enablers and challenges to occupational therapists’ research engagement: A qualitative studyBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy - Laura Di Bona, Jennifer Wenborn, Becky Field, Sinéad M Hynes, R... | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Introduction To develop occupational therapy’s evidence base and improve its clinical outcomes, occupational therapists must increase their researc
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Frontiers | Neurobehavioral Abnormalities Associated with Executive Dysfunction after Traumatic Brain Injury | Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience

Frontiers | Neurobehavioral Abnormalities Associated with Executive Dysfunction after Traumatic Brain Injury | Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Objective: This paper will address how anomalies of executive function after TBI can translate into altered social behaviour that has an impact on a person’s capacity to live safely and independently in the community. Method: Review of literature on executive and neurobehavioural function linked to cognitive ageing in neurologically healthy populations and late neurocognitive effects of serious traumatic brain injury (TBI). Information was collated from internet searches involving MEDLINE, PubMed, PyscINFO and Google Scholar as well as the authors’ own catalogues. Conclusions: The conventional distinction between cognitive and emotional-behavioural sequelae of TBI is shown to be superficial in the light of increasing evidence that executive skills are critical for integrating and appraising environmental events in terms of cognitive, emotional and social significance. This is undertaken through multiple fronto-subcortical pathways within which it is possible to identify a predominantly dorsolateral network that subserves executive control of attention and cognition (so-called cold executive processes) and orbito-frontal/ventro-medial pathways that underpin the hot executive skills that drive much of behaviour in daily life. Traumatic brain injury frequently involves disruption to both sets of executive functions but research is increasingly demonstrating the role of hot executive deficits underpinning a wide range of neurobehavioural disorders that compromise relationships, functional independence and mental capacity in daily life.
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Highlights: Safeguarding adults | SCIE

Key issues for care and health service providers when safeguarding adults from harm and abuse. 2017 Latest updates on practice and challenges.
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Technology-assisted toilets: Improving independence and hygiene in stroke rehabilitationJournal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering - David Yachnin, Georges Gharib, Jeffrey Jut...

Technology-assisted toilets: Improving independence and hygiene in stroke rehabilitationJournal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies Engineering - David Yachnin, Georges Gharib, Jeffrey Jut... | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Background and Purpose Dependence on assistance for toileting is a widespread problem for persons receiving healthcare. Technology-assisted toilets, whic
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How not to say the wrong thing

How not to say the wrong thing | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
It works in all kinds of crises -- medical, legal, even existential. It's the 'Ring Theory' of kvetching. The first rule is comfort in, dump out.
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Waiting lists for occupational therapy shoot up a massive 50% in just two years

Waiting lists for occupational therapy shoot up a massive 50% in just two years | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
The huge lists may be just the tip of the iceberg – figures for those already undergoing treatment are not available according to the HSE.
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Evaluating a mobile application for improving clinical laboratory test ordering and diagnosis Meyer et al (2018)

Conclusions: A mobile app, PTT Advisor, may contribute to better test ordering and diagnosis, serve as a learning tool for diagnostic evaluation of certain clinical disorders, and improve patient outcomes. Similar methods could be useful for evaluating apps aimed at improving testing and diagnosis for other conditions.
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Mapping the scope of occupational therapy practice in palliative care: A European Association for Palliative Care cross sectional survey Gail Eva and Deidre Morgan (2018) 

Background: Occupational therapists play an integral role in the care of people with life-limiting illnesses. However, little is known about the scope of occupational therapy service provision in palliative care across Europe and factors influencing service delivery.

Aim: This study aimed to map the scope of occupational therapy palliative care interventions across Europe and to explore occupational therapists’ perceptions of opportunities and challenges when delivering and developing palliative care services.

Design: A 49-item online cross-sectional survey comprised of fixed and free text responses was securely hosted via the European Association for Palliative Care website. Survey design, content and recruitment processes were reviewed and formally approved by the European Association for Palliative Care Board of Directors. Descriptive statistics and thematic analysis were used to analyse data.

Setting/respondents: Respondents were European occupational therapists whose caseload included palliative care recipients (full-time or part-time).

Results: In total, 237 valid responses were analysed. Findings demonstrated a consistency in occupational therapy practice in palliative care between European countries. Clinician time was prioritised towards indirect patient care, with limited involvement in service development, leadership and research. A need for undergraduate and postgraduate education was identified. Organisational expectations and understanding of the scope of the occupational therapy role constrain the delivery of services to support patients and carers.

Conclusion: Further development of occupational therapy in palliative care, particularly capacity building in leadership and research activities, is warranted. There is a need for continuing education and awareness raising of the role of occupational therapy in palliative care.
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The Development of a Design and Construction Process Protocol to Support the Home Modification Process Delivered by Occupational Therapists

The Development of a Design and Construction Process Protocol to Support the Home Modification Process Delivered by Occupational Therapists | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Journal of Aging Research is a peer-reviewed, Open Access journal that publishes original research articles, review articles, and clinical studies on all aspects of gerontology and geriatric medicine. Articles on mental and physical geriatric health will be considered, as well epidemiological studies relevant to the aging population. Analyses focusing on societal and socioeconomic health issues affecting older adults are welcomed.
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Walk yourself fit: how striding out could transform your body

Walk yourself fit: how striding out could transform your body | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
You walk every day without giving it a thought, but what if you could unlock a better, fitter, stronger you?
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Twitter chats can promote healthy behaviors, study says | Tulane News

Twitter chats can promote healthy behaviors, study says | Tulane News | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Looking for ways to keep health-related resolutions, like weight loss and healthy eating? Social media might help.
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I Designed a Menstrual Cup That's Easier for Disabled People to Use

I Designed a Menstrual Cup That's Easier for Disabled People to Use | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Find out why Jane Hartman Adamé designed a new menstrual cup that's easier to use for disabled people.
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Just a room in a shared house: The impact of housing benefit cuts on single parents with non-resident children

Just a room in a shared house: The impact of housing benefit cuts on single parents with non-resident children | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
In 2012, government changes to the age-threshold of the Shared Accommodation Rate (SAR) came into effect. This meant that single people, under 35, without dependents could only claim for housing benefit at the rate of a single room in a shared
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How Digital Health Care Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases Like Diabetes

How Digital Health Care Can Help Prevent Chronic Diseases Like Diabetes | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
The trick is getting patients to stick to a program.
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Thompson, Bronnie 2017

2017 Summit presentation by Dr. Bronnie Thompson, Clinicians Get Creative.
Free to watch until October 20th.
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Regaining your independence: how occupational therapists help patients to return to their life outside hospital

Regaining your independence: how occupational therapists help patients to return to their life outside hospital | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Senior occupational therapist in neurology explains how she helps patients with brain injuries or MS recover and leave hospital
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Choosing the right seat on a commode chair

Choosing the right seat on a commode chair | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
The major support surface of any chair is likely to be the seat. This is particularly so when considering commode chairs. This blog explores the questions that specifiers should be considering when
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Councils complicit in ‘human rights violations’, disability organisations say

Councils complicit in ‘human rights violations’, disability organisations say | HOT News (Helen's Occupational Therapy News) | Scoop.it
Deaf and disability organisations have accused local authorities of human rights violations due to policies preventing disabled people living independent lives.
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