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Research Article  |   January 1994
An Occupational Therapy Refresher Course: A 5-Year Follow-up Report
Author Affiliations
  • Cheryl Meyers, MA, OTR, is Director, Clinical Education Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Box 388, UMHC, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55455
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Education of OTs and OTAs / Education
Research Article   |   January 1994
An Occupational Therapy Refresher Course: A 5-Year Follow-up Report
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1994, Vol. 48, 82-86. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.1.82
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1994, Vol. 48, 82-86. doi:10.5014/ajot.48.1.82
Abstract

Objectives. The shortage of occupational therapists prompted the faculty of the program in occupational therapy at the University of Minnesota to develop a reentry (refresher) course.

Method. A questionnaire sent to all enrolled in the 2-week refresher course during a 5-year period revealed that three intended groups of therapists have benefited: those reentering practice, those considering a change to another area of specialty, and those updating their educational background.

Results. Respondents indicated that the course increased self-confidence, theoretical knowledge base, and ability to apply theory to practice.

Conclusion. Both reentering therapists and those changing specialty areas of practice reported positive employment outcomes.