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Research Article  |   March 1995
Applied Research During Fieldwork: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Between Universities and Clinics
Author Affiliations
  • Judith S. Bloomer, PhD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-7341. During the initial implementation of the scientific inquiry and independent study courses, she was Student Research Coordinator at Dalhousie University, School of Occupational Therapy, Nova Scotia, Canada
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Research Article   |   March 1995
Applied Research During Fieldwork: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Between Universities and Clinics
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1995, Vol. 49, 207-213. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.3.207
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1995, Vol. 49, 207-213. doi:10.5014/ajot.49.3.207
Abstract

This article describes the concept of incorporating occupational therapy research during fieldwork. Three models are presented that use applied research within a framework of collaboration between community clinicians and occupational therapy education programs. These models include an established honors baccalaureate program in Canada (Model 1) and suggested modifications of this model both for an undergraduate program (Model 2) and for a combined entry-level postbaccalaureate occupational therapy certificate/interdisciplinary graduate program (Model 3) in the United States. Occupational therapy clinicians and academic educators who work in areas where collaborative research relationships between universities and community clinics are not already established are encouraged to consider adopting or modifying one of the models described in this article.