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Information Needs of Occupational Therapists Practicing in NSW

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Authors Bridge, C., Cowell, F., Mathews, S.
Audience Authors, Government/NGOs/Peaks, Industry, Librarians/Researchers/Students
ISBN 1 86487 771 5

This research examined the home modification information needs of occupational therapists in New South Wales. Increasing numbers of people with disabilities and a growing trend toward making it possible for people with disabilities to remain in their homes have created a growing need for home modification services. Occupational therapists typically are responsible for determining what home modifications are appropriate. Indeed, government funding for home modifications is only available after an occupational therapist has made recommendations. Identifying therapists’ home modification information needs is important so that the gaps in their knowledge may be filled. All participants in this study were occupational therapists practicing in New South Wales who devoted at least part of their practice to home modification.

Publication History

1st edition Home Modification Information Needs of Occupational Therapists Practicing in NSW by Fiona Cowell, Catherine Bridge, & Stephanie Mathews, Month July 2007.  Reprinted May 2007.

Table of Contents

  • Publication History
  • Introduction
  • Project Aims
    • Background
  • Methodology
    • Phase 1: Exploration
    • Phase 2: Data Collection
      • Sampling Frame
      • Interview Process
      • Interview Schedule
      • Theoretical Sensitivity
    • Phase 3: Dissemination
  • Thematic analysis
    • Spatial requirements
      • Client-Specific Measurements
      • Australian Standards
      • Scaled Drawings
      • Carer requirements
    • Requirements for community inclusion
      • Requirements for meeting standards of care
      • Disability access components
    • Funding policy
    • Building and land regulation
    • Natural environment
    • Built environment
    • Other Education
      • Assessment Process
      • Understaffing
      • Client Collaboration
      • Communication with Home Modification Services
  • Summary of findings
    • Specific Information Needs
    • Collaboration with Clients and Carers
    • Modification Installation
      • Communication with Service Providers
      • Staffing
      • Assessment Process
      • Filling the Information Gap
  • References
  • APPENDIX A: Invitation to participate
  • APPENDIX B: Ethical consent
  • APPENDIX C: Interview Framework

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