Systematic Reviews Informing Occupational Therapy

Bennett, Sally, Hoffmann, Tammy, McCluskey, Annie, Coghlan, Nicole and Tooth, Leigh (2013) Systematic Reviews Informing Occupational Therapy. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 67 3: 345-354. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.005819

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Author Bennett, Sally
Hoffmann, Tammy
McCluskey, Annie
Coghlan, Nicole
Tooth, Leigh
Title Systematic Reviews Informing Occupational Therapy
Journal name American Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-9490
Publication date 2013-05
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.5014/ajot.2013.005819
Volume 67
Issue 3
Start page 345
End page 354
Total pages 10
Place of publication Bethesda, MD, United States
Publisher American Occupational Therapy Association
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
OBJECTIVE. We sought to identify and describe the number, topics, and publishing trends of systematic reviews relevant to occupational therapy indexed in the OTseeker database.
METHOD. We performed a cross-sectional survey of the systematic reviews contained in OTseeker in December 2011.
RESULTS. Of the 1,940 systematic reviews indexed in OTseeker, only 53 (2.7%) were published in occupational therapy journals. The most common diagnostic categories were stroke (n = 195, 10.1%) and affective disorders (n = 204, 10.5%). The most common intervention categories were consumer education (n = 644, 33.2%) and psychosocial techniques (n = 571, 29.4%). Only 390 (20.1%) of the 1,940 systematic reviews specifically involved occupational therapy.
CONCLUSION. Occupational therapists need to search broadly to locate relevant systematic reviews or, alternatively, to use databases such as OTseeker. Clarity about the involvement of occupational therapy in reports of future research will improve the ability to identify occupational therapy research for all stakeholders. Finally, occupational therapy practitioners need to read systematic reviews critically to determine whether review conclusions are justified.
Keyword Randomized Controlled-Trials
Evidence Database
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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