Research Article  |   November 2015
A Career in Inquiry
Author Affiliations
  • Helen S. Cohen, EdD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor, Bobby R. Alford Department of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX; hcohen@bcm.edu
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Health and Wellness / Education of OTs and OTAs / Military Rehabilitation / Neurologic Conditions
Research Article   |   November 2015
A Career in Inquiry
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 2015, Vol. 69, 6906150010p1-6906150010p12. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.696001
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 2015, Vol. 69, 6906150010p1-6906150010p12. doi:10.5014/ajot.2015.696001
Abstract

This article, based on the 52nd Eleanor Clarke Slagle lecture given at the 95th American Occupational Therapy Association Annual Conference & Expo, explores the concept of inquiry as the basis for a career and as an activity of daily living. Using the heliocentric theory and the space program at NASA as examples, the broad concept of inquiry is discussed, because it has led to important changes in society over the course of history. The article describes how a career as a clinician–scientist can be grounded in the concept of inquiry and explains how all occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants can base their own careers in inquiry, using examples from the early history of the profession of occupational therapy and from work by current investigators. Practical suggestions applicable to every clinician are provided.