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31 January 2021
Occupational Therapy In Health Care
Special Issue Editor(s)
Stacy Smallfield, DrOT, MSOT, OTR/L, BCG, FAOTA,
Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy and Medicine | Washington University in St. Louis
Anne E. Dickerson, PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM, FAOTA, FGSA,
Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy | East Carolina University
Examining the Impact of Our Words
As occupational therapy practitioners, we facilitate the development or return to a person’s functional performance of everyday activities using occupation as a ends and means. As scholars and authors of occupational therapy official documents, refereed publications, and reports, we use both generic terms (e.g., rehabilitation, ADL, IADL, self care, functional mobility) and more specialized terms (e.g., occupation, performance patterns, occupational profile, process skills) - terms that have a unique meaning to us as occupational therapy practitioners. When using those specialized terms, we might make a point of explaining their specific meaning to stakeholders outside our occupational therapy. But, typically, when we use our generic terms, we believe those terms are understood by our colleagues the same as we understand them. That is not necessarily true, and more importantly, those assumptions may limit our ability to promote and expand our profession.
This special issue is seeking scholars in diverse areas of practice to share their scholarly work and/or observations on the use and understanding of occupational therapy nomenclature outside of occupational therapy. While AOTA’s Occupational Therapy Framework: Domain and Process, 4th ed. is an essential official document that is incredibility useful to practitioners, it is limited to the occupational therapy literature and does not put our terminology in the context of the health care world that uses similar language. This special issue will attempt to build some understanding.
The first paper that prompted this special issue is Isabelle Laposha and Stacy Smallfield’s (2019) Examining the Occupational Therapy Definition of Self-Care: A Scoping Review, Occupational Therapy In Health Care, https://doi.org/10.1080/07380577.2019.1703238
We are looking for other papers similar in nature in which to start the conversation in order to expand our profession’s great potential and influence.
Occupational Therapy in Health Care (OTHC) is an international peer-reviewed quarterly journal that focuses on innovations in client evaluations and treatments, current research findings, reviews of current textbooks, and descriptions of novel programs. In addition, OTHC publishes thematic issues that address topics of importance. This special thematic issue will focus on examining occupational therapy terminology.
Drs. Stacy Smallfield and Anne Dickerson are delighted to be the guest editors of this special OTHC issue. Our intent is to gather a number of papers for a special issue in 2022. We seek a broad range of original contributions including, but not limited to original research, case studies, historical perspectives, and commentaries.
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Guidelines for submission can be viewed at https://www.tandfonline.com/action/authorSubmission?show=instructions&journalCode=iohc20
All papers will be peer-reviewed through a double-blind peer-review process.
Original, unpublished manuscripts should be submitted online at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WOHC
When submitting your manuscript, please be sure to indicate that it is to be considered for this special issue in your cover letter.
Any papers accepted for publication that are not included in the special issue will be published in a regular issue of the journal. Specific inquiries can be directed to Dr. Anne Dickerson, editor of OTHC at [email protected].
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 January 2021
Anticipated publication: January 2022
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