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. 
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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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

VOTC Evidence Bytes: Multisensory, visuo-motor integration and cognitive interventions improve handwriting legibility of children

This article describes a study conducted in Punjab, India, in which the authors aimed to evaluate the impact of an intervention program in remediating visual perceptual skills of urban school children with poor handwriting. Occupational therapy screening tools were used for data collection. The results revealed that 12 sessions of remedial intervention program focused on multi-sensory interventions, visuo-motor interventions, and guided practices were effective in improving handwriting legibility.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Occupational Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis

How can occupational therapists help a patient with knee osteoarthritis in the Indian context of practice? Dr. Mani has recently published a case study. To access the full-text of the case study, click here.
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