Clinical Research in Occupational Therapy, 4th Edition



A comprehensive text for occupational therapy clinicians and special educators, Clinical Research in Occupational Therapy, 4E focuses on evaluating and designing research projects. Step-by-step procedures and examples are used throughout to guide the reader through the research process of selecting a topic, reviewing literature, designing research protocols, selecting outcome measures, implementing research, and writing the results. Descriptive and inferential statistics are explained in a step-by-step procedure, and examples of qualitative and quantitative research are included so as to provide the reader with tools for their own research and evaluating current research data. A section on writing questionnaires and surveys helps the reader construct reliable and valid instruments and information on scientific writing and thesis preparation is presented. Additionally, ethical considerations for informed consent are addressed, with examples of consent forms included.

Features and Benefits

  • Frequent examples of key studies give users a model to examine when designing their own studies and comparing different research models
  • Extensive list of outcome measures used by occupational therapists enables users to identify instruments for measuring variables in their studies

Table of Contents

Disablement theory from World Health Organization (WHO)
2. Introduction to the Holistic Approach in Psychosocial Practice
3. A Short History of the Treatment of Individuals with Mental Illness and the Emergence of Occupational Therapy
4. The Community Care Model and the Roles of the Occupational Therapist and Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant (COTA): 1960-2000
5. Theoretical Models Underlying the Clinical Practice of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy
6. The Occupational Therapy Treatment Process: The Basis for Achieving Positive Mental Health Goals
7. Evaluation and Assessment of the Individual with Psychosocial Dysfunction
8. Medications Related to Psychosocial Issues
9. Applying the Group Process to Psychosocial Occupational Therapy by Beverlea Tallant, Ph.D., OT(C)
10. Vocational Exploration and Employment and Psychosocial Disabilities by Joyce Tryssenaar, M. Ed., OT(C)
11. Stress Management, Biofeedback, and Relaxation Techniques
12. Leisure-Time Occupations, Self-Care, and Social Skills Training
13. Exercise, Nutrition, and Alternative Treatment Techniques
14. Creative and Expressive Arts and Their Application to Psychosocial Treatment
15. Quality Assurance, Continuous Quality Improvement, Reimbursement, and Documentation by Rita Chang, MS, OTR
16. Evaluating and Designing Clinical Research Studies
Appendix A: Diagnosis of Mental Disorders
Appendix B: Severity of Psychosocial Stressors and Level of Functioning
Appendix C: Role Delineation of COTA

What's New

  • Qualitative research methods and models integrated throughout the book so as to emphasize as well as compare it to quantitative research methods
  • Additional examples added in easy-to-find boxes which emphasize the topic being discussed

Meet the Author

Author Bio

Franklin Stein

Franklin Stein is Professor Emeritus of Occupational Therapy at the University of South Dakota and founding editor of Occupational Therapy International. Prior to coming to the University of South Dakota he was the Director of the School of Medical Rehabilitation at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, Director of the Occupational Therapy Program at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and Associate Professor, Graduate Division at Sargent College, Boston University. He is the co-author of several textbooks and has written over 50 articles in journals and books related to rehabilitation and psychosocial research. He has presented more than a hundred seminars, workshops, institutes, short courses and research papers at national and international conferences.

Susan K. Cutler

Susan K. Cutler, Ph.D., NCSP, ABSNP, received a Ph.D. in special education with a minor in neuropsychology from the University of New Mexico in 1993. Although she has recently retired from teaching at the university level, she will continue to work in private practice as a school psychologist. At present, she assesses students in an Ojibwe tribal school and at charter schools in Northern Minnesota. She holds national certification in school psychology and is pursuing further training in the field of school neuropsychology. Dr. Cutler is a national and international conference speaker in the field of special education, and assessment. Her focus is on helping parents and teachers use formal and informal assessment to develop appropriate educational programs and interventions for students who struggle in school. She has co-authored three books with Frank Stein.