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RESEARCH MATTERS Because it ensures the effectiveness of occupational therapy practice. Dr. Sherrilene Classen, respected occupational therapy scholar, scientist and editor-in-chief of AOTF’s signature scientific journal, OTJR: Occupation, Participation & Health, observed that: Infusing a science-driven approach to enhance occupational therapy practice ensures that the profession will remain vital. To be most effective, occupational therapy practitioners must use the best knowledge, approaches and equipment for people they serve. Populations grow, people age, disabling illnesses occur, and the challenges of healthcare mount. This makes it essential to deliver care efficiently and effectively — in ways that are grounded in research. The need for credible research is accelerating. Today’s health care insurance providers often require research evidence in decisions for coverage. Health care consumers also seek evidence to make informed choices.


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