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Research Article  |   February 1980
Single Subject Research Strategies in Occupational Therapy, Part 1
Author Affiliations
  • Bonnie Hacker, MHS, OTR, is Section Head of Occupational Therapy with the Division for Disorders of Development and Learning, Biological Sciences Research Center, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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Research Article   |   February 1980
Single Subject Research Strategies in Occupational Therapy, Part 1
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1980, Vol. 34, 103-108. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.2.103
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, February 1980, Vol. 34, 103-108. doi:10.5014/ajot.34.2.103
Abstract

This paper is designed to orient occupational therapists to the use of single subject methodology as a viable mode of clinical research. The role of single subject designs in today’s scientific world is explored through an historical perspective, and major strengths and weaknesses are discussed. Basic methodological concepts and research designs are presented to provide a foundation for therapists interested in documenting intervention results. Finally, some of the problems inherent in transferring single subject strategies to occupational therapy are presented.