Research in Occupational Therapy: Methods of Inquiry for Enhancing Practice

Research in Occupational Therapy: Methods of Inquiry for Enhancing Practice


By (author) Gary Kielhofner

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  • Publisher: F.A. Davis Company
  • Format: Hardback | 704 pages
  • Dimensions: 180mm x 257mm x 43mm | 1,497g
  • Publication date: 1 July 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Pennsylvania
  • ISBN 10: 0803615256
  • ISBN 13: 9780803615250
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Sales rank: 155,986

Product description

With an international team of expert contributors, renowned author Gary Kielhofner has put together a comprehensive research methodologies text that bridges the gap between theorists and practitioners. Emphasis is placed on the relevance and logic of research to provide a practical, demystified approach for Occupational Therapy students and clinicians to shape their practice. It covers all the key topics that should be covered in OT courses related to research and evidence-based practice, including qualitative and quantitative designs, thus sparing instructors of having to adopt two or three separate books to cover this in-depth coursework.

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Table of contents

Section 1: The Nature and Scope of Inquiry in a Practice Profession; The Necessity of Research in a Profession; The Aim of Research: Philosophical Foundations of Scientific Inquiry; The Range of Research; Characteristics of Sound Inquiry and the Research Process; Professional Responsibility and Roles in Research; Section 2: Quantitative Designs; Descriptive Quantitative Designs; Group Comparison Studies: Quantitative Research Designs; Survey Research Design; Study Designs for Secondary Analysis of Existing Data; Longitudinal Research: Design and Analysis; Single-Subject Research; Section 3: Quantitative Measurement; Developing and Evaluating Quantitative Data Collection Instruments; Objective Measurement: The Influence of Item Response Theory on Research and Practice; Evaluating the Use of Assessments in Practice and Research; Section 4: Statistical Analysis; Making Meaning from Numbers: Measurements and Descriptive Statistics; Concepts of Inferential Statistics: From Sample to Population; Section 5: Qualitative Methods; Overview of Qualitative Research; Gathering Qualitative Data; The Nature and Use of Consensus Methodology in Practice; Using Mixed Methods Designs to Study Therapy and its Outcomes; Section 6: Other Design Approaches; Organizing the Components of Inquiry Together: Planning and Implementing a Coherent Study and Research Tradition; Searching the Literature; Section 7: Conducting Inquiry; Assessing Need for Services; Using Research to Develop and Evaluate Programs of Service; Participatory Research in Occupational Therapy; Building Culturally Competent Community-University Partnerships for; Participatory Research for the Development and Evaluation of Occupational Therapy: Researcher-Practitioner Collaboration; Section 8: Enhancing Practice Through Inquiry; Definition, Evolution & Implementation of Evidence-Based Practice in Occupational Therapy; Analyzing Evidence for Practice; Managing Change and Barriers to Evidence-Based Practice; Creating Outcome Research Relevant for Evidence Based Practice; Section 9: Evidence Based Practice.