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)
 
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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. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2020

VOTC Therapy Newsletter - Spring 2020


VOTC Therapy Newsletter - Spring 2020

               
Points of Interest for Occupational Therapists in India

The Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2018 was introduced in Rajya Sabha on December 31, 2018. This bill seeks to regulate and standardize the education of 53 allied and healthcare professions, including occupational therapy (OT). The bill was referred to the Standing Committee on January 2, 2019. The Standing Committee submitted its report (Report No 117) to Rajya Sabha on January 31, 2020.

This summary highlights some notable excerpts from Report 117 that have implications for the OT profession in India with related comments, thoughts, and arguments.

PS: The All India Occupational Therapists Association (AIOTA) reported that the bill (National Commission on Allied & Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020) was approved by the cabinet on March 20, 2020.
Awareness of Occupational Therapy among Medical Practitioners in South India

Look for the research article in the forthcoming issue of Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy that reports the survey that was conducted among medical practitioners (anyone with a MBBS degree or above) in South India to determine their level of awareness about OT. 
Utilization of Assistive Devices in Occupational Therapy Practice in Tamil Nadu

Look for the research article in the forthcoming issue of Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy that reports the survey that was conducted among occupational therapists in Tamil Nadu regarding the utilization of assistive devices in their practice. 
COVID-19
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
Evidence Corner
(Links to Research that Support OT Practice)
Effectiveness of School-Based Occupational Therapy Intervention on Handwriting
Stroke Epidemiology and Stroke Care Services in India
INCLEN Diagnostic Tool for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (INDT-ADHD): Development and Validation
 
Evidence Based Practice
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