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.

chapter |5 pages

Editors' Overview

ByPatricia Crist, Gary Kielhofner

part |77 pages

Academic-Practice Partnership Models and Outcomes

chapter |13 pages

Scholarship of Practice in the United Kingdom: An Occupational Therapy Service Case Study

ByKirsty Forsyth, Edward A. S. Duncan, Lynn Summerfield Mann

chapter |16 pages

Completing the Cycle of Scholarship of Practice: A Model for Dissemination and Utilization of Evidence-Based Interventions

ByElizabeth Walker Peterson, Elaine McMahon, Marianne Farkas, Jonathan Howland

chapter |24 pages

A Model of University-Community Partnerships for Occupational Therapy Scholarship and Practice

ByYolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Joy Hammel, Christine Helfrich, Jennifer Thomas, Tom Wilson, Daphyne Head-Ball

chapter |24 pages

The Practice-Scholar Program: An Academic-Practice Partnership to Promote the Scholarship of “Best Practices”

ByCrist Patricia, Jaime Phillip Muñoz, Anne Marie Witchger Hansen, Benson Jeryl, Ingrid Provident

part |49 pages

Academic Approaches to The Scholarship of Practice

chapter |12 pages

Academic-Clinician Partnerships: A Model for Outcomes Research

ByA. Stern Karen

chapter |9 pages

New Doors: A Community Program Development Model

ByKathleen Swenson Miller, Caryn Johnson

part |66 pages

Participatory Action and Other Research Methods Applied to Practice

chapter |19 pages

A Participatory Action Research Approach for Identifying Health Service Needs of Hispanic Immigrants: Implications for Occupational Therapy

ByYolanda Suarez-Balcazar, Louise I. Martinez, Clemencia Casas-Byots

chapter |20 pages

Therapists' and Clients' Perceptions of the Occupational Performance History Interview

ByAshwini Apte, Gary Kielhofner, Amy Paul-Ward, Brent Braveman

chapter |18 pages

Education and Practice Collaborations: A Pilot Case Study Between a University Faculty and County Jail Practitioners

ByPatricia Crist, Fairman Andrea, Jaime Phillip Muñoz, Anne Marie Witchger Hansen, John Sciulli, Eggers Mila

part |18 pages

Development of Evidence-Based Practice Skills in Practitioners

chapter |17 pages

Achieving Evidence-Based Practice: A Process of Continuing Education Through Practitioner-Academic Partnership

ByKirsty Forsyth, Jane Melton, Lynn Summerfield Mann