Research Article  |   July 2014
Moving Toward 2017: Progress in Rehabilitation Intervention Effectiveness Research
Author Affiliations
  • Barbara M. Doucet, OTR, PhD, is Assistant Professor, Louisiana State University Health Science Center, School of Allied Health Professions, Department of Occupational Therapy, 1900 Gravier Street, New Orleans, LA 70112; bdouc3@lsuhsc.edu
  • Anne Woodson, OTR, is Adjunct Faculty, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
  • Monica Watford, MA, OTR, is Doctoral Candidate, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston
Article Information
Centennial Vision / Evidence-Based Practice / Neurologic Conditions / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Departments / Centennial Vision
Research Article   |   July 2014
Moving Toward 2017: Progress in Rehabilitation Intervention Effectiveness Research
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2014, Vol. 68, e124-e148. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.011874
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2014, Vol. 68, e124-e148. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.011874
Abstract

Halfway into the 10-yr American Occupational Therapy Association Centennial Vision initiative, occupational therapy has made notable progress in establishing itself as a science-driven profession. Through the diligent work of many talented occupational therapy scholars, 42 research studies exploring interventions used in rehabilitation research were published in the past 5 years. A variety of both novel and established intervention strategies were investigated using diverse research designs and measurement tools. A predominant number of studies were conducted with the poststroke population. Moving forward to 2017 and building on our success, we can recognize our full potential by fostering knowledge translation, expanding participant numbers, exploring less-studied populations, increasing the volume of systematic reviews published, and reporting occupation-centered outcomes, the unique and defining component of our profession.