Research Article
Issue Date: November 1987
Published Online: November 01, 1987
Updated: April 30, 2020
Computers and Occupational Therapy
Author Affiliations
  • Marti McGrath Spicer, MS, OTR/L, was an instructor at the University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, when this study was conducted. She is currently a Clinical Specialist at Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington 98111
  • Susan L. McMillan, OTR/L, is the Director of Occupational Therapy at Providence Hospital, Everett, Washington
Article Information
Research Article   |   November 01, 1987
Computers and Occupational Therapy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1987, Vol. 41, 726-732.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1987, Vol. 41, 726-732.
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Survey data were collected from a sample of 298 occupational therapy department directors on (a) department demographics; (b) availability of micro- or macrocomputers; (c) types of hardware, software, and peripheral devices used; (d) major purposes and functions for computers; and (e) major factors regarding choice of computers and equipment or factors most influential in the nonuse of computers. Usable questionnaires were returned from 238 or 80% of the sample. Thirty-five percent of the respondents had access to microcomputers in their work setting; however, only 11% actually had them in their occupational therapy department. The study also noted the versatility and adaptability of the computer as used in occupational therapy and discussed common limitations in its use.