#OTalk 19 February 2019 – Assessments

OTalk 19th February 2019 (8-9 pm GMT)
This week’s #OTalk is on the topic of choosing assessments and will be hosted by Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett (@alisonlaverfaw) from York St John University and Professor Diane Cox (@dianecox61) in the UK.

Here’s what Alison and Diane had to say:

Assessment and outcome measurement are fundamental aspects of the Occupational Therapy process and learning about assessment and evaluation is a core component of occupational therapy education. Assessment requires occupational therapists to select and apply a range of informal and standardised data collection methods (interviews, observations, questionnaires and document review) and access a range of sources (the person, other health and social care staff involved in the person’s care, and informal care givers). Information collected through assessment needs to be accurate because it informs ‘the negotiation of outcomes, setting of goals, and selection of therapeutic interventions’ (Laver-Fawcett, 2012, p. 604). Assessment is usually conducted at several points during the occupational therapy process, this can include: an initial assessment to inform goal setting and provide a baseline; ongoing assessment to review the person’s response to intervention; evaluation of outcomes at the end of intervention; and post-discharge follow-up review (Creek, 2003).

So the choices we make about what assessments to use and when to use them are critically important.

Whether you are an experienced researcher, a clinician or a student please join us on 19th February for this #OTalk twitter chat and share your ideas and experience. It is never too early in your occupational therapy career to start considering why you choose the assessments and outcome measures you use.

Suggested talking points and discussion questions to focus our chat:

1. What are we looking for in an assessment?
2. When choosing an assessment what does it need to have?
3. Thinking about assessment tools or standard measures – what is the most important feature it has?
4. Why do you choose the measures you use?
5. If learning about assessment and measures what would you like to know?
6. What was the most useful tip you have for thinking about which assessment tool to use?
7. Do you have a particular resource, website or book that you use that you find helpful and would recommend to OT students and colleagues?

References:

Creek J (2003) Occupational therapy defined as a complex intervention. London: College of Occupational Therapists.

Laver-Fawcett, A J (2014) Routine standardised outcome measurement to evaluate the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions: essential or optional? Ergoterapeuten, 4, 28-37. [accessed 17.2.2019]
http://www.ergoterapeuten.no/Admin/Public/Download.aspx?file=Files%2fFiles%2fFagartikler%2foutcome.pdf

Resources:

College of Occupational Therapists’ (COT; 2017) Position Statement: Occupational therapists’ use of standardized outcome measures. London, COT. Available from: file:///C:/Users/a.laverfawcett/Downloads/COT-Position-Statement-measuring-outcomes%20(1).pdf [accessed 17.2.2019]

Laver Fawcett AJ (2007) Principles of Assessment and Outcome Measurement for Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists: Theory, Skills and Application. Chichester. Wiley. Available from:
https://www.wiley.com/en-gb/Principles+of+Assessment+and+Outcome+Measurement+for+Occupational+Therapists+and+Physiotherapists%3A+Theory%2C+Skills+and+Application-p-9781861564801 [accessed 16.2.2019]

Royal College of Occupational Therapists (nd). Developing an assessment tool or outcome measure. Available from: https://www.rcot.co.uk/practice-resources/library-resources/assessments-and-outcome-measures [accessed 16.2.2019]

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#OTalk – 12th February 2019 – TBI and Cognitive rehabilitation:

This weeks chat will be hosted by Ruth Ndlovu @NeuroOT_Ruth.

TBI and Cognitive rehabilitation:

A severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) is defined as a condition where the patient has been in an unconscious state for 6 hours a more and to be in post-traumatic amnesia (PTA) for more than 24hours (Headway 2019). Patients who present with severe TBI are often hospitalised and depending on the severity of their injury they can be referred for rehabilitation.

Cognitive rehabilitation attempts to enhance functioning and independence in patients with cognitive impairments following brain injury or disease. Cognitive rehab consists of a diverse of interventions including restorative and compensatory approach. Restorative approach aims to restore functions that have been impaired following injury or diseases through task repetition. Whereas compensatory approach aims to restore function by use of compensatory strategies such as external memory aids e.g. calendars, diaries and use of electronic devices.

  1. What assessments/tools do you use in your setting for patients in PTA post TBI?
  2. As a team/discipline, how do you determine a patient is out of PTA?
  3. What cognitive assessments are commonly used for patients with a TBI? These can be standardised or non-standardised.
  4. What cognitive interventions or approaches do you use for TBI patients?

References:

Headway (2019) Traumatic Brain Injury [online] accessed on 27.01.2019 at https://www.headway.org.uk/about-brain-injury/individuals/types-of-brain-injury/traumatic-brain-injury/

#OTalk – 8th January 2019 – ResOTlutions!

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Hello and welcome to the 1st #OTalk of 2019, as requested by the community, the first chat of the year has become a regular resOTlutions chat. This not only gives us a good opportunity to have a nice relaxing chat to get us back into the swing of things after our Christmas and New Year break, but enables the community to share ideas of what they have planned for CPD in 2019 and/or ask the community for ideas if we are stuck for creative and interesting things to keep our CPD fresh.

With that in mind this weeks chat will be a informal relaxed discussion. But just to get you thinking we still have some questions to get things going…..

  1. How often do you review your CPD activities? Have you reviewed them recently?
  2. Do you have a strategic overview of your CPD activities?
  3. How do you decide you have covered a topic or need to cover a topic?
  4. What are your current CPD priorities?
  5. What CPD activities did you completed in 2018 that you really enjoyed? – This may give others some ideas of things to do.
  6. Do you have any topics that you feel you need to explore but don’t have a plan on how to do so yet? – Ask the community they may have some ideas to help you.

Please also feel free to ask questions and discuss anything you wish in relation to planning for your CPD and setting CPD goals.

Post Chat

Host and Otalk Support – @helenotuk

#otalk healthcare social media transcript january 8th 2019

Online Transcript

The Numbers

574.354KImpressions
131Tweets
20Participants
105Avg Tweets/Hour
7Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

 

 

#OTalk Chats – Question and Answer Session. 10 July 2018

Good evening all,

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We would like to invite you to join us for an informal question and answer session. 8pm (UK), Tuesday 10th July 2018.

This topic was sparked whilst the #OTalk organising team where having our last planning meeting. We noticed that this year at the current moment, although some slots are taken after we have slots for topics (& hosts) from 28th August 2018. This in contrast to last year when we where almost booked up to end of the year by end of July! Oh but it is only the 10th of July I hear you say! You are correct, but we had a space and thought it would be a good idea for the chat.

So, please feel free to ask any questions you may have about any aspect of #OTalk, but we would love to explore questions from people who are considering hosting a chat.

We would love any previous #OTalk hosts to join us and share their experience of hosting a chat.

We will also allocate some time for people to share what topics they are interested in with a view to possible collaborations or joint hosted chats?

As always we are open to ideas and will consider all requests from the community.

Thanks, looking forward to sharing with you all.

Post Chat

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript July 10th 2018

The Numbers

399.544K Impressions
83 Tweets
19 Participants
66 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant

#OTalk Participants

#OTalk Research – 1st May 2018

May’s #OTalk Research topic will be exploring industry based research hosted by Professor Suzanne Martin @DrSuzanneMartin , Ulster University and supported by Nikki Daniels @NikkiDanielsOT from the #OTalk Research Team.

There are many symbiotic relationships with industry required to design and deliver occupational therapy services.  This ranges from the production of assistive technologies that we prescribe to the collaboration with commissioned care provides as just a few examples. Within the United Kingdom, politically, there has been a shift from a dependency on solely the public provision of services to a more partnership based approach involving commercial vendors. Occupational Therapy research should be
orientated to have impact on providing the evidence for what we currently do and creating the emergence of novel approaches to occupational therapy interventions.

With this in mind,  and cognisant of how our services and some interventions are sourced from industry partners it is realistic and both reasonable to consider opportunities for research that is in collaboration with industry. In addition, opportunities for funding outside traditional research councils exist that enable us to promote innovation within industry partners – developing our knowledge base within the profession whilst enhancing the competitiveness and knowledge base of organisations we work with.

In our talk tonight we aim to explore where the opportunities might exist for occupational therapy research with industry.  We hope to reflect on both the opportunities and challenges of this type of research and consider what would be helpful to our profession to enable more therapists to engage in partnership work.

Here are some questions to consider as we discuss this topic.

1. Does anyone have experience of industry collaborations or can share examples of
positive contributions from such research collaborations?

2. What contribution or impact do you think research with industry partners could have for our profession?

3. Do you think this has been a gap that requires greater focus?

4. What do you think the challenges could be for our profession or what challenges have
you experienced?

5. What would encourage or discourage you form initiating or forming collaborations with industry?

6. What would we be helpful to enable more people to engage in research that is based in
industry?

Post Chat

Hosting the chat Professor Suzanne Martin @DrSuzanneMartin , Ulster University

Support on the @OTalk_ account Nikki Daniels @NikkiDanielsOT from the #OTalk Research Team.

Online Transcript

#OTalk Healthcare Social Media Transcript May 1st 2018

The Numbers

529.556K Impressions
151 Tweets
17 Participants
121 Avg Tweets/Hour
Avg Tweets/Participant
#OTalk Participants

 

#OTalk Blog Squad #RCOT2018

Would you like to be part of the #OTalk Blog Squad for RCOT 2018 annual conference?

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For the second year the #OTalk and #OTalk Research team are forming a blog squad to provide a stimulating, engaging, personal insight into conference. Last years the blogs were very well received and reached a global audience and we are using the learning to inform what we do this year.

To make this happen we are recruiting a small team of writers who feel able to, and are excited by, the prospect of writing short engaging posts. Last year people from all stages of their career (students to profs) and a wide range of clinical backgrounds made up the squad.

How does a blog squad work?

Members of the squad will be asked to agree before conference which sessions they will cover and commit to writing and delivering a maximum of 2 short posts about the sessions. There are key sessions that we need to cover as well as some choice. It is important to understand that these are written and posted during the conference and so you do need to be willing to commit some of your conference time to writing the posts.

You will be asked to respect professional codes of conduct in what you write but the posts are very much yours to write in your style, using your words and any media you think will convey your experience. You can check out what people wrote last year here #COT2017.

What kind of writing experience do I need?

You need to feel confident in your writing as the posts will not be heavily edited and corrected by us. You also need to feel happy writing a short article to a tight deadline. This isn’t something you can take away and complete after conference. We will provide some guidance as well as an opportunity to connect with each other before conference begins to answer any questions you may have.

How do I get involved?

Firstly you need to have registered for conference.

Once you have done this complete the expression of interest form available here https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MVL7H8L  and we will be in touch.

Deadline for completion Friday 4th May