Rebecca Ozelie, Janet Janow, Corinne Kreutz, Mary Kate Mulry, Ashley Penkala; Supervision of Occupational Therapy Level II Fieldwork Students: Impact on and Predictors of Clinician Productivity. Am J Occup Ther 2014;69(1):6901260010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2015.013532
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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.
The reasons for the national shortage of fieldwork placements need to be further evaluated and addressed.
No significant difference was found in clinician productivity with and without a fieldwork student, and thus productivity demands should not deter sites from taking fieldwork students.
Fieldwork sites should consider the effects of practice setting and clinician productivity without a student because these factors may affect clinician productivity with a student.
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