Research Article  |   December 2014
Supervision of Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork Students: Impact on and Predictors of Clinician Productivity
Author Affiliations
  • Rebecca Ozelie, DHS, OTR/L, BCPR, is Assistant Professor and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator, Rush University, Department of Occupational Therapy, Chicago, IL; rebecca_ozelie@rush.edu. At the time of the study, she was Student, Doctorate of Health Science Program, University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN
  • Janet Janow, Corinne Kreutz, Mary Kate Mulry, and Ashley Penkala were Masters Students, Department of Occupational Therapy, Rush University, Chicago, IL, at the time of the study
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Occupation, Participation, and Health
Research Article   |   December 2014
Supervision of Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork Students: Impact on and Predictors of Clinician Productivity
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2014, Vol. 69, 6901260010p1-6901260010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.013532
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 2014, Vol. 69, 6901260010p1-6901260010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.013532
Abstract

This study aimed to determine whether a difference in productivity exists between clinicians supervising and not supervising a Level II occupational therapy student and whether factors including clinician years of experience, practice setting, and clinician productivity without a student could predict clinician productivity while supervising a student. We used paired-sample t tests to examine clinician productivity with and without a student in 109 clinician–student encounters and regression analysis to determine factors predictive of clinician productivity with a student. Results indicated no difference in clinician productivity with or without a student. Clinician years of experience, practice area, and productivity without a student were significant predictors of clinician productivity while supervising a student. Study results contradict the belief that supervising Level II fieldwork students lowers clinicians’ productivity. Findings suggest that practice area and productivity without a student are important factors influencing the productivity of clinicians supervising a fieldwork student.