Clinical Decision Making 1st Edition
Jennifer L. Theis
ISBN-13: 9781435425767 | ISBN-10: 1435425766
© 2011 | Published |  192  Pages

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CLINICAL DECISION MAKING: CASE STUDIES FOR THE OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ASSISTANT is a first of its kind text designed to help students, entry-level practitioners and professors work on fostering clinical reasoning skills in the provision of occupational therapy assistant services. The case studies in this book incorporate the most common practice settings across the continuum of care and follow clients as they progress across this continuum. Organized broadly around the current Occupational Therapy Practice Framework of the American Occupational Therapy Association, each case contains examples of how this framework can be applied to a particular client. The case studies in this book are meant to provoke discussion among your students about treatment planning, ethical issues and collaboration with the client, family and other healthcare providers.



  • Part I: ACUTE CARE.
    1. Case Study 1 Easy: Nancy.
    2. Case Study 2 Moderate: Clarence.
    3. Case Study 3 Difficult: Lewis.
    4. Case Study 4 Difficult: George.
    Part II: SKILLED NURSING FACILITIES.
    5. Case Study 5 Easy: Carolina.
    6. Case Study 7 Difficult: George.
    Part III: INPATIENT REHABILITATION.
    8. Case Study 8 Easy: Sandy.
    9. Case Study 9 Moderate: Stephanie.
    10. Case Study 10 Moderate: David.
    11. Case Study 11 Difficult: Issac.
    12. Case Study 12 Difficulty: George.
    Part IV: HOME HEALTH CARE.
    13. Case Study 13 Moderate: Gladys.
    14. Case Study 14 Difficult: George.
    Part V: COMMUNITY SERVICES.
    15. Case Study 15 Easy: Community Center for Elderly Day Program for Fall Prevention Program.
    16. Case Study 16 Moderate: Brian.
    17. Case Study 17 Moderate: Education of New Teachers for Autism Institute.
    Part VI: OUTPATIENT REHABILITATION.
    18. Case Study 18 Easy: Wendy.
    19. Case Study 19 Easy: Florence.
    20. Case Study 20 Moderate: Anupam.
    21. Case Study 20 moderate: Brad.
    22. Case Study 22 Difficult: George.
    23. Case Study 23 Difficult: Larry.
    Part VII: STATE GOVERNMENT AGENCIES.
    24. Case Study 24 Easy: Tina.
    25. Case Study 25 Difficult: Joe.
    Part VIII: PSYCHIATRIC CARE.
    26. Case Study 26 Moderate: Michiko.
    27. Case Study 27 Difficult: Lia.

    • Presents easy, moderate, and difficult cases to challenge any learner.
    • Contains case studies that include: a detailed occupational profile; analysis of occupational performance; factors influencing performance skills and patterns; factors influencing contexts; an intervention plan and review; and a discussion of plausible outcomes.
    • Includes application questions for each case study that prompt students to think critically about the client scenarios presented.
    • Incorporates the most common practice settings, including acute care, skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation, home health care, community services, outpatient rehabilitation, federal and state government agencies, and psychiatric care.
    • Presents a diverse array of clients from various ethnic, social, cultural, and religious backgrounds who range in age from toddlers to the elderly.
    • I feel this book is what many OTA programs have been looking for. It's time has come. It has a variety of clinical situations which encourage clinical/critical thinking skills and the assimilation of knowledge. The focus of this text is where OTA students need it to be - on clinical practice.Kathi Krivanec, MA, COTA/LOTA Program Director and Associate ProfessorBriarwood CollegeSouthington, Connecticut

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    • Jennifer L. Theis is currently an occupational therapy practitioner, researcher and program coordinator for the spinal cord system of care at Sister Kenny Rehabilitation Institute. Ms. Theis has facilitated and taught ongoing training sessions for safe transfers for therapy and nursing practitioners and students. She has also presented at national interdisciplinary conferences on her work in safe transfers. Ms. Theis has contributed to occupational therapy education through the creation of portions of a learning DVD and PowerPoint lectures to supplement the book, OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY FOR PHYSICAL DYSFUNCTION, 6th Ed., which was edited by Mary Vining Radomski and Catherine A. Trombly Latham. Jennifer Theis started her occupational therapy career in 1997 and earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Behavioral Psychology from Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota and her Master of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from Boston University.