Occupational therapy students' contribution to occasions of service during practice placements in health settings

Rodger, Sylvia, Stephens, Elizabeth, Clark, Michele, Ash, Susan and Graves, Nicholas (2011) Occupational therapy students' contribution to occasions of service during practice placements in health settings. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 58 6: 412-418. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00971.x


Author Rodger, Sylvia
Stephens, Elizabeth
Clark, Michele
Ash, Susan
Graves, Nicholas
Title Occupational therapy students' contribution to occasions of service during practice placements in health settings
Journal name Australian Occupational Therapy Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0045-0766
1440-1630
Publication date 2011-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2011.00971.x
Volume 58
Issue 6
Start page 412
End page 418
Total pages 7
Place of publication Richmond, Vic., Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Introduction: Currently in the Australian higher education sector, the productivity benefits of occupational therapy clinical education placements are a contested issue. This article will report results of a study that developed a methodology for documenting time use during placements and investigated the productivity changes associated with occupational therapy clinical education placements in Queensland, Australia. Supervisors’ and students’ time use during placements and how this changed for supervisors compared to pre- and post-placement is also presented.
Methods: Using a cohort survey design, participants were students from two Queensland universities, and their supervisors employed by Queensland Health. Time use was recorded in 30 minute blocks according to particular categories.
Results: There was a significant increase in supervisors’ time spent in patient care activities (F = 94.0112,12.37 df, P < 0.001) between pre- and during placement (P < 0.001) and decrease between during and post-placement (P < 0.001). Supervisors’ time spent in all non-patient care activities was also significant (F = 4.5802,16 df, P = 0.027) increasing between pre- and during placement (P = 0.028). There was a significant decrease in supervisors’ time spent in placement activities (F = 5.1332,19.18 df, P = 0.016) from during to post-placement. Students spent more time than supervisors in patient care activities while on placement.
Discussion: A novel method for reporting productivity and time-use changes during clinical education programs for occupational therapy has been applied. Supervisors spent considerable time in assessing and managing students and their clinical education role should be seen as core business in standard occupational therapy practice. This paper will contribute to future assessments of the economic impact of student placements for allied health disciplines.
Keyword Health services research
Organisational efficiency
Productivity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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