Brief Report  |   January 2014
Factors Associated With Comfort Level of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Providing Low Vision Services
Author Affiliations
  • Sandra Winner, MS, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Laurels Low Vision Clinic, Asheville, NC
  • Hon K.Yuen, PhD, OTR/L, is Professor and Director of Research, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1720 Second Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294; yuen@uab.edu
  • Laura K. Vogtle, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor and Director, Postprofessional Master’s Program, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Mary Warren, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is Associate Professor and Director, Graduate Certificate Low Vision Rehabilitation, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Vision / Departments
Brief Report   |   January 2014
Factors Associated With Comfort Level of Occupational Therapy Practitioners in Providing Low Vision Services
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2014, Vol. 68, 96-101. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.009142
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2014, Vol. 68, 96-101. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.009142
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. We describe the perceived adequacy of educational preparation for and comfort level of occupational therapy practitioners in providing services to clients with low vision and identify factors associated with the practitioners’ comfort level.

METHOD. One hundred occupational therapists who were not specialists in low vision rehabilitation completed a survey.

RESULTS. Fifty-two percent of the respondents perceived that they had received adequate preparation in occupational therapy school to address low vision. Between 54% and 63% of respondents were comfortable performing visual screening and providing interventions for clients with low vision. Multivariable analyses indicated that having received adequate preparation in occupational therapy school, having a partnership with an eye-care professional, and having provided services to a larger percentage of clients with low vision were significantly associated with perceived comfort in providing services to this population.

CONCLUSION. Findings provide an initial direction to improve low vision content in occupational therapy education curricula.