Tuesday, September 29, 2020

VOTC Newsletter Fall 2020

 

VOTC Newsletter - Fall 2020

               
Art of Professional Writing

In the era of multidisciplinary care, all healthcare professionals, including occupational therapists (OTs), are expected to communicate with multiple stakeholders such as patients, coworkers, referral sources, and other
professionals. In a professional environment, most official communications
are expected to be written communications.

Activities such as documentation, report writing, preparing discharge
summary, patient education, communicating with clients/staff/administration, communicating with other care providers, writing for publication, and writing
for professional advocacy demand good writing skills from OTs. Hence, they
must develop both professional and scientific writing skills to effectively communicate and remain successful in their career. This article 
highlights the salient aspects of professional writing that might help OTs
communicate effectively in business and advocacy contexts.
Dr. Karthik Mani in Academia
 
VOTC's founder and chief occupational therapist Dr. Karthik Mani has joined the 
University of Texas Medical Branch (UMTB) at Galveston as an Assistant Professor. 
In this role, he is responsible for teaching doctoral level occupational therapy students 
and pursuing research.  
 

IOTTT Adopted Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice
 
Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank (IOTTT) would like to thank all stakeholders who reviewed and commented on the official Scope of Practice 
(SOP) document (pertaining to the Indian context of practice) it drafted. The 
IOTTT made revisions to the SOP based on stakeholder inputs. After multiple iterations based on comments and expert inputs, the SOP was officially 
adopted by the IOTTT in September 2020. The document will soon be 
disseminated to the public. To learn more about IOTTT and its activities, 
please visit its official blog

COVID-19 Resources


IOTTT Published COVID-19 Secure Guidelines for Rehabilitation Professionals in India

Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank published COVID-19 secure guidelines to assist rehabilitation professionals in India reopen their practice/re-enter the workforce safely and protect the service recipients of occupational therapy. The guidelines are available free of cost here

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
John Hopkins Coronovirus Dashboard
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Health & Family Welfare Department, Tamil Nadu

 


 

Disability News

Bengalureans win design awards for inclusive innovations
No Madras high court bar on SSLC exams for disabled
With new order, Tamil Nadu may lose more mental health professionals
Online App for screening learning disability among kids
What Steps Were Taken For Commute of Differently Abled Staffers During Lockdown, Bombay HC Asks BMC

Evidence Corner
(Links to Research that Support OT Practice/Profession)
 
Evidence Based Practice
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Friday, June 26, 2020

VOTC Newsletter Summer 2020

VOTC Newsletter - Summer 2020

               
Demonstrate Professionalism - Command Respect

In the Indian context of practice, one of the challenges faced by occupational therapists (OTs) is gaining respect from other professionals and stakeholders. Many professionals either experience a sense of inferiority or feel that they have not been given the respect they deserve. Respect stems from the way others perceive a professional. This article highlights the ways in which OTs in India can demonstrate professionalism to command respect from others. 
Comment on Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice
 
Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank (IOTTT), a voluntary group of likeminded, experienced, and expert occupational therapists, drafted a Scope of Practice document pertaining to the Indian context of practice. The IOTTT is seeking public comments on the draft. The deadline to comment is July 20, 2020.
COVID-19 Resources

IOTTT Publishes COVID-19 Secure Guidelines for Rehabilitation Professionals in India

Indian Occupational Therapists Think Tank published COVID-19 secure guidelines to assist rehabilitation professionals in India reopen their practice/re-enter the workforce safely and protect the service recipients of occupational therapy. The guidelines are available free of cost and will soon be posted here

World Health Organization
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
John Hopkins Coronovirus Dashboard
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare
Health & Family Welfare Department, Tamil Nadu

 
Disability News

No. of disabled students sees sharp fall in Rajasthan schools
Lockdown blues: Persons with disabilities face abuse, neglect & uncertainty
Grocery kits distributed to disabled
Madurai: Lockdown a double challenge for disabled
Coronavirus lockdown – In the pandemic, the disabled remain an invisible minority
How Revival aims to ‘un-hide’ stories of disability in India

Evidence Corner
(Links to Research that Support OT Practice/Profession)
 
Evidence Based Practice
Facebook
Website

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Awareness of Occupational Therapy among Medical Practitioners in South India



Medical practitioners are often the primary referral source for OTs. To make timely and appropriate referrals to OT, it is imperative that the referral sources demonstrate a broader level of understanding of the OT profession. This study determined the level of awareness about OT among medical practitioners in South India. The results revealed that 82% of the respondents reported either being familiar with or having heard about OT. Respondents who are specialists, work in the private sector, and practice their profession in a foreign country were more familiar with the OT profession and referred patients to OT. Although many respondents have heard about OT and recognize it as a profession aligned with the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities, their responses indicate that they have a limited understanding of the profession's scope of practice, OTs' role in some practice areas, and practice settings in which OT services are delivered. 
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Articles published on www.vijayaotcentre.blogspot.com by Karthik Mani is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.