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From student to therapist : follow up of a first cohort of Bachelor of occupational therapy students

Doherty, Georgina, Stagnitti, Karen and Schoo, Adrian 2009, From student to therapist : follow up of a first cohort of Bachelor of occupational therapy students, Australian occupational therapy journal, vol. 56, no. 5, pp. 341-349, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2008.00751.x.

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Title From student to therapist : follow up of a first cohort of Bachelor of occupational therapy students
Author(s) Doherty, Georgina
Stagnitti, Karen
Schoo, Adrian
Journal name Australian occupational therapy journal
Volume number 56
Issue number 5
Start page 341
End page 349
Total pages 9
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell
Place of publication Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2009-01-16
ISSN 0045-0766
1440-1630
Keyword(s) curriculum
transition to practice
student
fieldwork
education
Summary Aim: This study aimed to investigate the perception of graduate students on their preparation for practice, at 7 months post graduation.
Method: Using an anonymous postal questionnaire, 18 respondents (58% response rate) provided data on the nature of current employment, the experience as a graduate therapist, and perceptions of their undergraduate experience in preparing them for practice.
Results: Fifty percent of the respondents were practising in a rural environment. There was a significant positive relationship between respondents perception of their curriculum and fieldwork experiences and their preparation for practice (rho = 0.52, p < 0.05, and rho = 0.55, p < 0.05, respectively). Of the fieldwork experiences, respondents rated block placements as more beneficial to practice than non-traditional placements. However, a correlational analysis showed the non-traditional placement was significantly related to preparation for practice (rho = 0.54, p < 0.05). On a sevenpoint Likert scale, respondents rated themselves from 5.2 to 5.7 for perceived self-competence as a newly graduated practitioner with community-based graduates having the higher rating. Confidence in clinical decision-making was rated 5.0 to 5.6 with community-based graduates having higher rating. Respondents reported a positive perception that the undergraduate program prepared them to enter the workforce and practise as an occupational therapist (mean ratings 5.5 to 6.2).
Conclusion: Respondents felt adequately prepared to enter the occupational therapy profession and workforce. Strengths and weaknesses in their preparation are discussed as well as the need for further research.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2008.00751.x
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30021611

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