Clinical challenges of occupational therapy (OT) are often complex in nature. Occupational therapists have to be united and work together for long-term period to overcome the challenges. To overcome the clinical challenges, therapists can employ research which uses scientific methods and resources (including manpower, money, and time). However, our resources are so limited that we should consider how to develop long-term research plans to efficiently overcome the challenges.We think that the most essential issues have to be carried out by ourselves. Such issues are affected by culture and local characteristics so that these issues cannot and will not be addressed by foreigners. The foreign related findings are hardly generalized to our country.We provided the most essential research issues of OT for stroke patients. These issues had two categories. First, therapy-related issues included ”development and validation of OT interventions for subacute patients,” ”development and validation of a theory to promote occupational performance,” ”the effects of foreign caregivers on level of independence of activities of daily living (ADL) and instrumental ADL (IADL).” Second, assessment-related issues included development of measures to assess cognitive function, ADL/IADL function, knowledge of occupational therapy and stroke, quality of life, level of satisfaction and compliance, and environment.Our suggested research issues may be subjective and limited. The issues suggested are critical for overcoming the clinical challenges in Taiwan. The issues have to be addressed by OT research teams with long-term involvement to promote efficiency of OT and benefit stroke patients.
|Translated title of the contribution||Required Research Issues of Occupational Therapy for Patients with Stroke in Taiwan|
|Original language||Chinese (Traditional)|
|Number of pages||14|
|Journal||職能治療學會雜誌 ＝ Journal of Occupational Therapy Association R.O.C.|
|Publication status||Published - 2011 Dec 1|