Research Article  |   January 2011
Methodology for the Systematic Reviews on Occupational Therapy for Individuals With Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Author Affiliations
  • Marian Arbesman, PhD, OTR/L, is Consultant, Evidence-Based Practice Project, American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), Bethesda, MD; Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Science, University at Buffalo, State University of New York, Buffalo; and President, ArbesIdeas, Inc., 19 Hopkins Road, Williamsville, NY 14221; ma@ArbesIdeas.com
  • Deborah Lieberman, MSHA, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Program Director, Evidence-Based Practice Project, and Staff Liaison to the Commission on Practice, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
  • V. Judith Thomas, MGA, is Senior Policy Manager, Public Affairs Division, AOTA, Bethesda, MD
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Work and Industry / Special Issue—Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
Research Article   |   January 2011
Methodology for the Systematic Reviews on Occupational Therapy for Individuals With Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2011, Vol. 65, 10-15. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.09183
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2011, Vol. 65, 10-15. doi:10.5014/ajot.2011.09183
Abstract

Systematic reviews of literature relevant to individuals with work-related injuries and illnesses are important to the practice of occupational therapy. This article describes the four questions that served as the focus for the systematic reviews of the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for individuals with work-related injuries and illnesses of the low back; hand, wrist, and forearm; elbow; and shoulder. The article includes the background for the reviews; the process followed for each question, including search terms and search strategy; the databases searched; and the methods used to summarize and critically appraise the literature. The final number of articles included in each systematic review; a summary of the results; the strengths and limitations of the findings; and the implications for practice, education, and research are presented.