#OTalk 6th November 2018 – Apps and Smart Technology in Research.

This week’s #OTalk Research is on the topic of “Apps and smart technology in research” and will be hosted by Leisle Ezekiel (@lezeki).

Here is what Leisle had to say………

Apps, smartphones, smartwatches and tablets are now part of everyday life for many people in the UK. Over 90% of people aged between 16 and 55 own a smartphone (Statista 2018) and whilst in the over 65s that percentage drops to 40%, it is increasing dramatically year on year (Ofcom 2018). 

As a novice occupational therapy researcher and an early adopter of technology, I was convinced by the potential of apps both in research and in occupational therapy practice. 

Apps and smartphones enable self tracking of a wide range of  behaviours and experiences  and are potentially less intrusive than more traditional methods. As well as capturing “in the moment experiences”, apps could deliver “in the moment interventions” and be of benefit to therapists in their assessment and intervention planning.  It is unsurprising then that there is an increasing interest in the use of apps within research, both as a method of collecting data and as a way of delivering interventions. 

For occupational therapists and the wider health arena, the use of apps and associated technology is a new landscape where health research overlaps with the world of app development. My personal experience of using apps in research has highlighted benefits as well as developing understanding of the potential ethical and practical challenges which can present, above and beyond those of more traditional research methods.

This week’s #OTalk will consider the following questions:

  1. What role do you think apps and smart technology can play in occupational therapy research?
  2. What do you consider to be the benefits of using apps and smart technology in occupational therapy research?
  3. What do you consider the barriers or risks of using apps and smart technology in research?
  4. What ethical considerations do we need to be aware of and overcome to use this technology in research?
  5. How can we improve and/or advance the use of apps and technology in occupational therapy research?

References.

Ofcom (2017) Rise of social seniors revealed. Accessed on 15.10.18 at https://www.ofcom.org.uk/about-ofcom/latest/media/media-releases/2017/rise-social-seniors

Statista (2018) UK: smartphone ownership by age from 2012-2018. Accessed on 15.10.18 at https://www.statista.com/statistics/271851/smartphone-owners-in-the-united-kingdom-uk-by-age/

POST CHAT

Host: Leisle Ezekiel @lezeki

OTalk Support: @NikkiDanielsOT

Online Transcript #OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript November 6th 2018

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript November 6th 2018

The Numbers

1.215M Impressions
276 Tweets
29 Participants
221 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant
#OTalk Participants

 

 

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#OTalk 30th October 2018 – Bringing the OT community closer together, on and offline.

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Bringing the OT community closer together” and will be hosted by The OT Hub and the OT Show (@theOThub and @theOTshow). This chat is the final in a series being hosted in collaboration with the OT Show.

Here is what they had to say…

The OT Hub is the worldwide community for occupational therapy. It aims to bring the OT community closer together online, through information-sharing and a free membership. Offline, The OT Show (UK) provides an annual meeting space, networking opportunities and CPD for the profession. Both serve to enhance practitioner and student support.

Communities of practice (CoPs), such as The OT Hub and OT4OT, are professional communication forums, providing opportunities free of geographical constraint. Wenger, McDermott and Snyder (2002 p.4; cited by Hoffmann, Desha and Verrall, 2011) illustrate these as ‘groups of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise in this area…’ In this case, the topic is occupational therapy. The OT Show is visited, in person, by the same passionate demographic.

But why connect both in person and online? Professional and geographic isolation are growing issues, as clinicians and students undertake roles in new, emerging and remote settings (Ezzamel, 2013; Ramsey, 2011). Communities of practice can assist in tackling isolation and in providing networking and mentoring opportunities (Bodell and Hook, 2014; Wiid et al., 2013; Hoffmann, Desha and Verrall, 2011). Similarly, profession-oriented events provide the chance to physically (re)connect with experienced and like-minded individuals, from across the globe. 

This #OTalk will explore the following themes in relation to bringing the occupational therapy community closer together:

  • Creating conditions for more collaborative innovation will be key to improved patient outcomes and future transformations (Innovation into Action, NHS England, 2015).
  • Professional and geographic isolation:
  • The more information available to the healthcare industry, the better able clinicians are to make the best decisions when supporting service users (Sood, 2017).
  • Public awareness of occupational therapy

Some questions to consider:

  1. How can shows and online platforms better support collaborative innovation and improved patient outcomes?
  2. What are your experiences of social isolation and how have you overcome them?
  3. Can problems arise (in study or in practice) from information overload?
  4. How can we work to become a profession that is better understood by the public and healthcare colleagues?

POST CHAT

Host: @theOThub and @theOTshow

OTalk Support: @gilliancrossley

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 30th 2018

The Numbers

270.128KImpressions
93Tweets
23Participants
74Avg Tweets/Hour
4Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

 

#OTalk 23rd October 2018 – Writing a Conference Abstract

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Writing an Abstract” and will be hosted by members of the RCOT Conference Development Team.  Sarah Lawson (@SarahLawsonOT) will be our host with support from Sarah Bodell (@OTSalfordUni), Ken Levins (@LevinsKen) and Clare Taylor (@ClareTaylor).

Here is what they had to say…

Are you an occupational therapist working in new ways? Have you implemented a new approach? Do you wonder if you are the only occupational therapist working in this way? Would you like to find others to share your ideas with and inspire each other? 

Is your research generating evidence for the profession which could help to raise the profile and position occupational therapy for the 21st Century? 

Have you thought about submitting an abstract for the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) Annual Conference 2019 but are not sure where to start? 

Then this #OTalk is for you.  To you your everyday work may be just that, but you could help to inspire others. You could provide useful information and ideas which encourage others to consider different perspectives and new approaches in their practice. 

The abstract submissions process closes on 5 November 2018 so this is your chance to have your questions answered, receive reassurance and guidance and hopefully give you the confidence to go for it ready for #RCOT2019 in Birmingham 17 – 18 June. For information about the abstract process and marking guidelines visit the RCOT Conference page: https://rcotannualconference.org.uk/about/abstracts-submissions/

Final question: 

Abstract submissions close 5 November 2018, what are you going to do now to make this happen? The link for abstract information and submission is here https://rcotannualconference.org.uk/about/abstracts-submissions/

POST CHAT

Hosted by members of the RCOT Conference Development Team.  Sarah Lawson (@SarahLawsonOT) will be our host with support from Sarah Bodell (@OTSalfordUni), Ken Levins (@LevinsKen) and Clare Taylor (@ClareTaylor).

On the Otalk Support

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 23rd 2018

The Numbers

1.126M Impressions
293 Tweets
36 Participants
234 Avg Tweets/Hour
8Avg Tweets/Participants

#OTalk Participants

 

#OTalk 16th October 2018 – Social and Therapeutic Horticulture

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “Social and Therapeutic Horticulture” and will be hosted by Esme Wood and Mike Morgan of Coventry University (@Esmewood1 and @CU_STH).

Here is what they had to say…

Social & therapeutic horticulture (STH) is an emerging area of practice, particularly within the UK. For the purposes of this blog, we define STH as, “a systematic, holistic and transdisciplinary approach to the use of gardens and gardening to optimise individual and community health, wellbeing, development and quality of life”. Therefore, it can include, but is not limited to, practice areas such as horticultural therapy, therapeutic landscape design, stabilisation agriculture and community gardening.

The therapeutic use of horticultural activities has a long history within Occupational Therapy clinical practice and beyond. Within the United States and as a growing phenomenon in the UK we have also seen the rise of the Horticultural Therapist practitioner. In the UK today the use of social and therapeutic horticultural activities has never been more popular and with the current and growing ‘social prescribing’ agenda, the opportunities for practitioners to engage in activities are ever expanding.

It is at this time that we seek to define and understand the evolution of social and therapeutic horticulture practice, starting by exploring the principles and rationale for its use.  From a preliminary scoping review, we believe that current key principles of social and therapeutic horticulture practice include

  1. Valuing nature
  2. Connectedness as a core concern
  3. Evidence based design
  4. Sustainable development
  5. Transdisciplinary and partnership working

This #OTalk focusses on understanding the realities of Social and Therapeutic Horticulture practice in the UK today and how these guiding principles influence practice, whilst also exploring the potential for transdisciplinary working across health and social care sectors and professions. 

Questions:

  1. As practitioners who have experience of using social and therapeutic horticulture in either past or current practice, what do you feel was or is the key rationale for your use of these activities?
  1. How do you feel the core principles of social and therapeutic horticulture practice, (as defined within the blog) influence your work? 
  1. What examples of transdisciplinary working in Social and Therapeutic Horticulture have you encountered and how successful were these?
  1. Given the unique and individualistic nature of people-plant interactions and the movement towards greener living and care, how do you see the future of social and therapeutic horticulture practice?

Esme Wood and Mike Morgan, Coventry University. Occupational Therapists and Lecturer’s on the Social and Therapeutic Horticulture courses at both Professional Development Diploma and MSc level. Contact details: Esme.wood@coventry.ac.uk

Post Chat

Host: @Esmewood1 and @CU_STH

Otalk Support: @kirstieot

Online transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 16th 2018

The Numbers

1.258M Impressions
210 Tweets
21 Participants
168 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

#OTalk 9th October 2018 – The #Iamchallengingbehaviour Campaign 

This weeks #OTalk is on the topic of “#Iamchallengingbehaviour” and will be hosted by the RCOT Specialist Section for People with Learning Disabilities along with support from Sam Sly (@RCOT_PLD and @SamSly2).

Here is what they had to say…

What is the I AM challenging campaign?

The I AM challenging campaign started in early 2017 with Nic Crosby (from Gather Build Work) and Sam Sly. They wanted to help professionals working with adults with learning disabilities to reflect on and question their practice, especially the terminology used. They their words they want to “help the wonderful people we worked with who were being treated in horrendous ways and incarcerated in Hospitals because professionals had labelled them with ‘challenging behaviour”.

Nic and Sam felt that everyone has ways, sometimes anti-social and undesired ways, of expressing when we are angry, frustrated, sad or anxious but because we are valued citizens it is a) often not seen as problematic and b) when we do show are feelings it is called what it is: anger, sadness or anxiety and we don’t get negatively labelled for the rest of our lives. 

But Nic and Sam both felt that for the people we work with who have learning disabilities or mental health needs and are not often seen as valued citizens, when they express their anger, frustration or anxiety they are slapped with a label of ‘challenging behaviour’ and their life written off.

This is when the campaign started, and Sam brought 100 ‘I AM challenging behaviour’ badges. ‘I AM challenging behaviour’ enabled the wearer to feel and show a commitment to challenging the real behaviour that needs to be changed; that of the people and professionals who think they know best, label others and whose behaviour stops people getting the great life they deserve.

OTalk and Specialist Section

Our OTalk on 9th October 2018 aims to start a discussion on the language we are using and start to reflect on our practice. 

We were lucky to have Sam present at the RCOT conference 2018 on the I AM challenging behaviour campaign and Sam has also agreed to join us for the OTalk on twitter, so please follow @SamSly2

With Sam’s help we will be asking five reflective questions:

  1. Why do we use language with the people we work with that we would not use to our loved ones?
  1. What are the ‘behaviours’ that stop people with LD and MH getting good lives?
  1. How can we rid ourselves of ‘serviceland’? 

(please look at Orla Hughes @orlatheot for an understanding of service land) https://otalk.co.uk/2018/06/15/rcot2018-blog-18-iamchallengingbehaviour-we-all-have-challenging-behaviour-lets-challenge-the-labels-in-serviceland/amp/?__twitter_impression=true 

  1. What behaviour are you going to challenge after tonight?
  1. Are you going to make any changes in your practice? Can you make a pledge?

Sam and her team are really keen to keep this campaign alive so if anyone wants to get involved in developing it, donating, or receiving a badge please message her on @SamSly2 or on Facebook page I AM challenging behaviour. All badges are still available. 

Post Chat

Host @RCOT_PLD and @SamSly2

OTalk support @helenotuk

Online transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript October 9th 2018

The Numbers

1.244M Impressions
414 Tweets
42 Participants
331 Avg Tweets/Hour
10 Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants