Searches and content of the OTseeker database: Informing research priorities

Bennett, S, McKenna, K, Tooth, L, Hoffmann, T, McCluskey, A and Strong, J (2006) Searches and content of the OTseeker database: Informing research priorities. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 60 5: 524-530.

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Author Bennett, S
McKenna, K
Tooth, L
Hoffmann, T
McCluskey, A
Strong, J
Title Searches and content of the OTseeker database: Informing research priorities
Journal name American Journal of Occupational Therapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0272-9490
Publication date 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 60
Issue 5
Start page 524
End page 530
Total pages 7
Editor M. Corcoran
Place of publication Bethesda, USA.
Publisher Amer OT Assoc
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject C1
321024 Rehabilitation and Therapy - Occupational and Physical
730303 Occupational, speech and physiotherapy
Abstract BACKGROUND. A strategic and prioritized approach to occupational therapy research is needed, particularly given the limited research funding available. Comparing occupational therapists' information needs with the research evidence available can potentially inform research debate within the profession. This study aimed to identify research topics most often sought by users of the OTseeker database and to compare these with the quantity of topics available in the database. METHOD. A random sample of keyword search terms submitted to OTseeker (n = 4,500) was coded according to diagnostic and intervention categories, and compared with the amount of research contained in OTseeker in 2004. RESULTS. Most frequently sought topics were relevant to the diagnostic categories of pediatric conditions (19%), neurology and neuromuscular disorders (17%), and mental health (17%). Most frequently sought intervention topics included modes of service delivery, sensory interventions, and physical modalities. Although many frequently sought topics had a correspondingly high volume of research in OTseeker, a few areas had very little content (e.g., fine motor skill acquisition, autistic spectrum disorder). This information is offered to inform discussions about research priorities and resource allocation for research within occupational therapy.
Keyword Rehabilitation
Q-Index Code C1

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