Occupational Therapy Research

Occupational Therapy Research

The Manitoba Society of Occupational Therapists is committed to support occupational therapy research and will promote MSOT member participation in electronic research surveys that support the development of knowledge about occupational therapy practice and/or occupational therapists and *NEW* research findings! 

Here’s a few below… and keep scrolling down the page for YOUR opportunity to get involved with a few short surveys and support the future of OT Research!


Get involved with Occupational Therapy Research

Below are opportunities for Occupational Therapists and/or their clients to be involved in research opportunities, and some findings from recent OT research.  Interested in advertising your research opportunity with MSOT?  Find the fees for advertising your research opportunity HERE, and email the MSOT office with your information (msot@msot.mb.ca).

Please note: Posting and circulation of surveys below does not imply MSOT endorsement of the research methodology, findings, conclusions, or recommendations.

The following are PAID ADVERTISEMENTS:

Study title: Aging-in-place in the Kitchen for Older Adults with Cognitive Impairments: An Exploration of Occupational Therapists Experiences  

Research Ethics number: HREB Number: H2022:055 HS25363   

Purpose/brief description of the study: The purpose of our study is to explore occupational therapists’ experience working with older adults with cognitive impairments (i.e., dementia) to facilitate their aging in place, specifically in the kitchen.   Four objectives for this study have been identified: 1. To explore the assessments and environmental interventions used by occupational therapists working with older adults with cognitive impairments; 2. To understand the clinical reasoning behind the environmental interventions used with cognitively impaired older adults by occupational therapists; 3. To explore the challenges that occupational therapists face when implementing environmental interventions with cognitively impaired adults; and 4. To explore the outcome measures used by occupational therapists to evaluate the effects of their interventions on older adults with cognitive impairments.  
 Link to electronic survey or additional information about study: Please refer to the contact information below.
 Deadline for participation: April 15th

Recent grads (2019-2021)… please check out the invitation below!

Study Title: Increasing Cultural Competence to Decrease Health Inequities

Research Ethics Number: HS25359 (H2022:051)

Purpose/Description:  The aim of this project is to better understand if recent graduates of the Master of Occupational Therapy program at the University of Manitoba feel that they have adequate cultural competency to work together with Indigenous people and communities to promote reconciliation and reduce health inequities for Indigenous people. The objectives of this project include understanding the perspective of recent graduates on:

  1. How prepared they feel to be culturally competent when working with Indigenous people and communities.
  2. How they think education provided in the MOT program prepared them for this work; 
  3. What else could potentially be done to support future students in their preparation to be culturally competent entry-level practitioners.

Please contact: Madelaine at bergma20@myumanitoba.ca, or Dr. Cara Brown at cara.brown@umanitoba.ca.

Deadline for Participation: We are asking that all interested participants reach out to us by no later than March 30th, 2022, as the focus groups will be scheduled for the following week.

ATTENTION: Fieldwork Educators… please see the opportunity below!

Study title: Racism in Healthcare Clinical Education: An Educators Perspective
Research Ethics number = HS25360 (H2022:052)
Purpose/brief description of the study = Are you interested in talking about the impact of racism (both structural and/or personally mediated) on occupational therapy clinical education? You are invited to share your thoughts in a research focus group if you are currently practicing in Manitoba or Saskatchewan and have been a fieldwork educator at least twice.

If you are interested in participating in this study, please contact Tessa Bruce at brucet@myumanitoba.ca for more information. You can also contact Cara Brown if you have any questions at cara.brown@umanitoba.ca
Deadline to sign up for participation = April 31, 2022

Do you work with adaptive bike users? If yes, please share the opportunity below!

Title: “Children Using Adaptive Bicycles: Influence on Quality of Life and Social Participation” 

Research Ethics Number: H2022:054 HS25362

Purpose of the study: to gain an understanding of the influence of adapted bicycles for children on social participation from the perspective of the child and parent(s); gain an understanding of the influence of adapted bicycles for children on overall quality of life from the perspective of the child and parent(s); and gather information on how the environment contributes to the use of adaptive bicycles for children.
Brief description of study: We are conducting 1-hour virtual interviews over Microsoft Teams with a child and parent about their experiences with adaptive bicycles. The child must have used or owned an adaptive bicycle for at least 6 months, must live in Manitoba, and be under 18 years of age to qualify for the study. 
Additional information: Participants will receive an honorarium of a $25 gift card to a store of their choice for participating in the interviews. 
Deadline for participation: We are hoping to have the interviews completed by the middle of May. 


Study title:  Screening cognition in persons living with sensory impairment – Current practice

Research Ethics Number: REB Number: 2021-1252

Purpose/description:  The purpose of this online survey is to explore the various adaptations and accommodations that Canadian healthcare practitioners report employing when performing cognitive screening tests to individuals with hearing impairment (HI), visual impairment (VI) or dual sensory impairment (DSI). This study has three different objectives:

  1. The first objective is to estimate the most reported adaptations that healthcare workers declare implementing in their routine cognitive test administration to individuals with sensory impairments.
  2. The second objective is to investigate whether the scarcity of empirical evidence and guidelines in the cognitive screening of individuals with DSI as reported in the literature is mirrored in current clinical practice.
  3. The final objective is to assess the interest of clinicians in learning about the challenges related to the importance of adequate cognitive screening test administration to individuals with sensory impairment(s) in an educational context.
  4. The target population is Canadian practicing general practitioners (medical doctors/MDs) and occupational therapists (OTs). General MDs are a target group of clinicians in this study because they commonly perform screening tests on their patients to detect any cognitive dysfunction prior to treatment or specialist referral. OTs have the role to assist individuals with disabilities to develop strategies in order to improve their quality of life, whether on the physical, social or psychological aspect. Their main clientele are individuals with mental health problems, disabilities, injuries, or impairments. Therefore, these two groups of professionals often encounter individuals with sensory impairment.

Contact: Principal & Co-investigators – Walter Wittich, Associate Professor, School of Optometry, Université de Montréal, Phone: 514-343-7962; Email: walter.wittich@umontreal.ca

Student – Shirley Dumassais, Master’s candidate, School of Optometry, Université de Montréal; Email: shirley.dumassais@umontreal.ca

LINK to Survey: 

French : http://ls.sondages.umontreal.ca/136971?lang=fr

English : http://ls.sondages.umontreal.ca/136971?lang=en

Deadline or participation: March 2022


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