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01 December 2020
Occupational Therapy In Health Care
Special Issue Editor(s)
Emily M. Rich, M.O.T., OTR/L,
School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
Asha Vas, Ph.D., OT, CBIST,
Department of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University
Lauren Stiles, JD,
Department of Neurology, Stony Brook University School of Medicine
Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS)
More than 1 million Americans are impacted by a form of autonomic dysfunction called postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), which often leads to limitations in function, participation, and quality of life. POTS symptoms impact occupations represented by all domains in the occupational therapy practice framework. The most frequently affected occupations include bathing, home management, shopping, meal preparation and cleanup, leisure, play, sleep, and social participation. Occupational therapists are uniquely qualified to address the vast challenges faced by this patient population through implementing compensatory and rehabilitative interventions to address cognition, activity tolerance, fatigue, pain, psychosocial skills, and more in functional contexts. Despite this opportunity, patients are infrequently referred to occupational therapy and the literature surrounding POTS in OT is scarce. In order to expand into this emerging area of practice, therapists need additional education and resources to safely and effectively treat patients with POTS.
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 postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome.
We seek a broad range of original contributions including, but not limited to original research, case series, chart retrospectives, historical perspectives, and commentaries. Submissions may address a wide range of occupational therapy topics such as:
- Screening and evaluation
- Cognitive function and intervention in POTS
- Functional and community mobility in POTS
- Health and nutrition management in POTS
- Pain management and intervention in POTS
- Management of common co-morbidities in POTS
- Psychosocial challenges and intervention in POTS
- Patient perspectives; what patients want OTs to know
- School accommodations and student experiences
- Workplace accommodations
- Team-based approach; the role of other disciplines
Our intent is to publish this special issue on the topic of postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome in December 2021. Submissions that support advancing the knowledge of occupational therapy evaluation and intervention for generalist and specialist occupational therapy practitioners are welcomed.
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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 by December 1, 2020.
When submitting your manuscript, please be sure to indicate that it is to be considered for the special issue on postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome in your cover letter.
High-quality papers not included in the special issue may be eligible for publication 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: December 1, 2020
Anticipated publication: December 2021
Please feel free to reach out to the guest editors with interest or questions.
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