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Research Article  |   April 1985
Occupational Therapy’s Challenge: Caregiving and Research
Author Affiliations
  • Winnie Dunn, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Research Associate and Coordinator of Interdisciplinary Training, Institute for Human Development, University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
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Research Article   |   April 1985
Occupational Therapy’s Challenge: Caregiving and Research
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1985, Vol. 39, 259-264. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.4.259
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1985, Vol. 39, 259-264. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.4.259
Abstract

This article is based on the closing General Session presentation at the 1984 AOTA Conference in Kansas City, Missouri. The paper addresses the need for clinicians to become committed to research endeavors. The occupational therapy profession must heighten its commitment to the systematic documentation of its principles and the efficacy of its therapeutic approaches. The practicing clinician has the potential to maximize the outcome of these endeavors by contributing current practice knowledge and by participating in research projects themselves. The factors that seem to be having an impact on clinicians are addressed. External factors include social, technological, and economic pressures, and internal factors include lack of knowledge about the research process and the resulting anxieties about approaching a new territory. Acknowledging these factors, a variety of proposals are made to help the clinician make the transition to clinical researcher.