Occupational Therapy Assessments for Older Adults

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Mar 152018
 

The role of measurement and the benefits of outcome measures are defined as important tools used to document change in one or more constructs over time, help to describe a client’s condition, formulate a prognosis, as well as to evaluate the effects of occupational therapy intervention.

Occupational Therapy Assessments for Older Adults: 100 Instruments for Measuring Occupational Performance presents over 100 outcome measures in the form of vignettes that encompass a brief description of each instrument, a review of its psychometric properties, its advantages and disadvantages, administration procedures, permissions to use, author contact information, as well as where and how to procure the instrument.

Occupational Therapy Assessments for Older Adults by Dr. Kevin Bortnick narrows down the list of possible choices for the occupational therapy student or clinician to only those with an amount of peer review, bibliographic citations, as well as acceptance within the profession. The text also includes research-based information with text citations and has over 100 tables, diagrams, and figures.

Included in the review of each outcome measure:
Description: A brief record of the measure.
Psychometrics: A review of the level of research evidence that either supports or does not support the instrument, including such items as inter-rater, intra-rater, and test-retest reliabilities, as well as internal consistencies and construct validities among others.

Advantages: Synopsis of the benefits of using the measure over others including its unique attributes.
Disadvantages: A summary of its faults. For example, the amount of research evidence may be limited or the measure may be expensive.

Administration: Information regarding how to administer, score, and interpret results.
Permissions: How and where to procure the instrument, such as websites where it may be purchased or journal articles or publications that may contain the scale.
Summary: A brief summation of important information.

Occupational Therapy Assessments for Older Adults: 100 Instruments for Measuring Occupational Performance encourages occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistants to expand their thinking about the use of appropriate outcome measures with older adult populations. Using the appropriate outcome measure based on evidence can aid in the promotion of health, well-being, and participation of clients

About the Author
Kevin Bortnick, OTD, OT/L is an occupational therapist, researcher, and author. He holds a clinical doctorate in occupational therapy from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences in St. Augustine, Florida as well as a master’s degree from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Raised in Michigan, where he received his undergraduate training in General Studies from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor, he naturally enjoys the outdoors and conservation. He is currently involved in neurocognitive disorder-related research and is working on his next book. You can follow him on Facebook with the same name.

 

 

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Measuring Occupational Performance, Third Edition

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Mar 152018
 

As the profession of occupational therapy continues to mature and expand its practice, the measurement of occupational performance is one of the key avenues that all practicing clinicians will need to explore and master. Measuring Occupational Performance: Supporting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy, Third Edition summarizes the measurement tools needed to assess client occupational performance, to provide the best intervention, and to document the effectiveness of that intervention. These measurement tools are not just a compilation of all that are available for measurement relevant to occupational therapy; they are an elite group of tools carefully selected by the editors through a process of rigorous theoretical, clinical, and scientific reasoning.

In this Third Edition, Drs. Mary Law, Carolyn Baum, and Winnie Dunn have updated current chapters and added new topics that have not been covered in past editions, such as a chapter on measuring school performance, a key area of practice. Also included is a chapter on measurement principles and development to highlight the concepts common to all the measures included in the text. The Third Edition also has a focus on the best measures and measures that are used most frequently.

Features of the Third Edition:
Offers insight into the importance of measuring functional performance, methodologies, measurement issues, and best approach for outcome measurement
Conveys a broad focus on occupational performance and offers examples from a wide range of practice settings and from multiple spots throughout the lifespan
Explains the technical aspects of measurement development and methodologies and which components of functioning are to be measured and how
Develops an understanding of the theoretical aspects and evidence for both standardized tests and non-standardized tests

Instructors in educational settings can visit www.efacultylounge.com for additional material to be used for teaching in the classroom.

New in the Third Edition:
Focus on strengths-based approaches
Measures health and disability at both individual and population levels using the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF)
An emphasis on evidence-based practice and using evidence from other disciplines, not just from occupational therapy
New chapter focused on school-based practice
New content on reliability, validity, and responsiveness
New content on goal attainment
Additional material on decision making in practice

In this changing health care environment, Measuring Occupational Performance: Supporting Best Practice in Occupational Therapy, Third Edition explains how core values and beliefs can be put into everyday practice and is the essential reference manual for the evidence-based occupational therapy and occupational therapy assistant student and practitioner.

Review
“The authors draw attention to the use of strength-based approaches versus top-down approaches that help clients to use their own strengths to help overcome deficits during occupational performance.”
-Linda Frasier, OTD, Touro University Nevada, Doody’s Review Service

About the Author
Mary Law, PhD, FCAOT is Professor Emeritus, School of Rehabilitation Science and CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research at McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada.

Carolyn Baum, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA is the Elias Michael Director and Professor of Occupational Therapy, Neurology and Social Work at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, MO.

Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA is Professor and Chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy Education in the School of Health Professions at the University of Kansas, Kansas University Medical Center in Kansas City, KS.

 

 

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Fundamentals of Biomechanics: Equilibrium, Motion, and Deformation, Fourth Edition

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Oct 042017
 

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Fitness for Work: The Medical Aspects (5th edition)

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Aug 292017
 

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Movement Disorders Rehabilitation

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Jun 142017
 

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Neuropsychology for Occupational Therapists: Cognition in Occupational Performance

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May 092017
 

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Low Vision Rehabilitation: A Practical Guide for Occupational Therapists

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Apr 132017
 

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Leading & Managing Occupational Therapy Services: An Evidence-Based Approach 2nd Edition

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Apr 012017
 

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Occupational Therapy Evidence in Practice for Mental Health, 2nd Edition

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Mar 282017
 

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Occupational Therapy

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Nov 202016
 

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