Poster Session
Issue Date: August 01, 2019
Published Online: November 15, 2019
Updated: November 26, 2019
OT Practice Patterns in Rural States: Does the College Experience Influence Rural Employment Choice?
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, ND, USA
  • University of North Dakota, Casper, ND, USA
Article Information
Education of OTs and OTAs / Basic Research
Poster Session   |   August 01, 2019
OT Practice Patterns in Rural States: Does the College Experience Influence Rural Employment Choice?
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2019, Vol. 73, 7311505199. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO7040
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2019, Vol. 73, 7311505199. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2019.73S1-PO7040
Abstract

Date Presented 04/06/19

A survey of 225 OT practitioners living in rural states explored practice patterns and influences on employment choice. Rural and urban practitioner differences were noted in variability of hours spent working, number of work locations, and time spent in fieldwork education. Rural practice choice was influenced by fieldwork participation but not loan debt. Findings support the value of rural exposure in the curriculum and customized rural fieldwork educator support.

Primary Author and Speaker: Debra Hanson

Additional Authors and Speakers: Janet Jedlicka, Marilyn Klug, Nicole Harris