MRSc Research Publications

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Below is a list of publications that are based on research done as part of an MRSc Major Project or Directed Study.

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Ariss J.J., Gerlach A., Baker J.B., Barry K., Cooper L., de Vries T.L., Halligan K., Lacroix M. (2019). Community-Based Recreation Therapy and Mental Health Recovery: A Mixed-Media Participatory Action Research Study. Prog Community Health Partnersh, 13(2):161-170. doi: 10.1353/cpr.2019.0016. PMID: 31178451.

Atkinson, R., & McElroy, T. (2015). Preparedness for physiotherapy in private practice: Novices identify key factors in an interpretive description study. Manual Therapy, 22, 116-121. doi:10.1016/j.math.2015.10.016

Aubin, T., & Mortenson, P. (2015). Experiences of early transdisciplinary teams in pediatric community rehabilitation. Infants and Young Children, 28, 165-181. doi:10.1097/IYC.0000000000000033

Barclay, K. S., & Forwell, S. J. (2018). Occupational performance issues of adults seeking bariatric surgery for obesity. American Journal of Occupational Therapy72(5), 7205195030p1-7205195030p10.

Barclay, K., Rushton, P., & Forwell, S. J. (2015). Measurement properties of eating behavior self-assessment tools in adult bariatric surgery populations: A systematic review. Obesity Surgery, 25, 720–737. doi 10.1007/s11695-015-1593-y

Mortenson, W. B., & Bishop, A. M. (2016). Discharge criteria and follow-up support for dementia care units. Journal of Applied Gerontology35(3), 321-330.

Boucher, J., & MacIntyre, D. (2015). Survey of a pelvic health community of practice – A pilot study. Physiotherapy Canada, 67(1),10–16. doi:10.3138/ptc.2013-74.

Cashman, G. E., Mortenson, W. B., & Gilbart, M. K. (2014). Myofascial treatment for patients with acetabular labral tears – A single subject research design study. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 44(8), 604-614. doi: 10.2519/jospt.2014.5095

Chan, J., Carpenter, C. (2015).  An evaluation of a pilot protected mealtime program in a Canadian hospital. Canadian Journal of Dietetic Practice and Research, 76(2), 81-85. doi: 10.3148/cjdpr-2014-035

Connell, G., & Bainbridge, L. (2020). Understanding how chiropractors build trust with patients: a mixed-methods study. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association, 64(2), 97.

Davidson, K. F., & Bressler, S. I. (2010). Piloting a points-based caseload measure for community based paediatric occupational and physiotherapists. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(3), 174-180. doi: 10.2182/cjot.2010.77.3.

Dion S, Duivestein JA, St. Pierre A, Harris SR. Use of thickened liquids to manage feeding difficulties in infants: A pilot survey of practice patterns in Canadian pediatric centers. Dysphagia. 2015;30:457-72. doi: 10.1007/s00455-015-9625-2.

Duivestein, J., & Gerlach, A. (2011). Developing clinician expertise in paediatric dysphagia: What is an effective learning model? International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 18(3), 130-138.

Durlacher, K. M., Verchere, C., & Zwicker, J. G. (2015). Parents’ experiences of splinting programs for babies with congenital limb abnormalities. Journal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine, 8(3), 207-217. DOI:10.3233/PRM-150337

Egeli, D., Bainbridge, L., Miller, T., & Potts, J. (2019). Interdisciplinary Perspectives on the Value of Massage Therapy in a Pediatric Hospice. Journal of hospice and palliative nursing: JHPN: the official journal of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association.

Franken AM, Harris SR. Teachers’ perceptions of handwriting legibility versus the German Systematic Screening for Motoric-Handwriting Difficulties (SEMS).  OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health. 2021 Jul 29:15394492211033828. doi: 10.1177/15394492211033828. Epub ahead of print.

Hatchard, K., Henderson, J., & Stanton, S. (2012). Workers’ perspectives on self-directing mainstream return to work following acute mental illness: Reflections on partnerships. Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation, 43, 43-52. doi:10.3233/WOR-2012-1446.

Hollman, H., Ezzat, A., Esculier, J. F., Gustafson, P., & Scott, A. (2019). Effects of tailored advice on injury prevention knowledge and behaviours in runners: Secondary analysis from a randomised controlled trial. Physical Therapy in Sport, 37, 164-170.

Hurtubise, K., & Carpenter, C. (2011). Parents’ experiences in role negotiation within an infant services program. Infants & Young Children, 24(1), 75-86.

Kristalovich, L., & Mortenson, W. B. (2019). Visual field impairment and driver fitness: a 1-year review of crashes and traffic violations. American journal of occupational therapy73(5), 7305345010p1-7305345010p6.

Kristalovich, L., (2010). Dementia and driving: from diagnosis to driving cessation and beyond. Occupational Therapy Now, 12(5), 20-22.

Lee, E. J., & Zwicker, J. G. (2021). Early identification of children with/at risk of developmental coordination disorder: a scoping review. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 63(6), 649-658.

Makepeace, E., & Zwicker, J. G. (2014). Parent perspectives of occupational therapy assessment reports. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 77(11), 538–545. doi: 10.4276/030802214X14151078348396

McEachern, D.E., & Mortenson, W. B. (2019) Changes in residents’ seating needs and perception of stakeholders since implementation of a provincial wheelchair program, Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology, DOI: 10.1080/17483107.2019.1695964

Messenger, S., Bainbridge, L., & DaSilva, L. (2020). Renal dietitians’ perceptions of the value of subjective global assessment: a mixed methods study. Journal of renal nutrition, 30(2), e5-e13.

Miller, S., Harris, S. R., & Mulpuri, K. (2016). Agreement Between a Physical Therapist and an Orthopedic Surgeon in Children Referred for Gait Abnormalities. Pediatric Physical Therapy, 28(1), 85-92. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000207

Miller, S. (2012). Management of the hip in Cerebral palsy: The role of hip surveillance.  Canadian Orthopaedic Association Bulletin, Winter 2012, 27-29.

Morrison, A., Margallo, K., & Freeman, M. (2013). Youth with physical disabilities in transition from parents’ home to Independent living arrangements. In D. Stewart (Ed.), Transitions to adulthood for youth with disabilities through an occupational therapy lens (pp. 47-66). Thorofare, NJ: Slack.

Patterson, C., So, S., DeAngelis, M., Ghent, E., Southmayd, D., & Carpenter, C. (2018). Physical activity experiences in children post-liver transplant: developing a foundation for rehabilitation interventions. Pediatric Transplantation,22:e13179.

Pierre, A. S., Khattra, P., Johnson, M., Cender, L., Manzano, S., & Holsti, L. (2010). Content validation of the infant malnutrition and feeding checklist for congenital heart disease: a tool to identify risk of malnutrition and feeding difficulties in infants with congenital heart disease. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 25(5), 367-374.

Rowe, P., & Carpenter, C. (2011). Recent experiences and challenges of military physiotherapists deployed to Afghanistan: A qualitative study. Physiotherapy Canada, 63(4), 453-463.

Sabarre, C. L., Rassekh, S. R., & Zwicker, J. G. (2014). Vincristine and fine motor skills of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 81(4), 256-264. doi: 10.1177/0008417414539926.

Stewart, S., & Carpenter, C. (2009). Electronic mentoring: An innovative approach to providing clinical support. International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation, 16(4), 199.

Stoop, P. L., & Duran, L. (2021). Motivations, experiences, and aspirations in patient engagement of people living with metastatic cancer. Patient Experience Journal, 8(3), 136-142. 

Tinker, B. (2019).  A physiotherapist’s response to mobilizing reconciliation.  Physiotherapy Practice, 9(5): 22-25.

Vander Doelen, T., & Jelley, W. (2020). Non-surgical treatment of patellar tendinopathy: A systematic review of randomized controlled trials. Journal of science and medicine in sport23(2), 118-124.

Widmer, C., & Beach, C. (2010). Use of standardized assessments for low back pain patients: Influence on physiotherapists’ clinical reasoning. Physioscience, 6(1), 2-12.

Wilson, A. L. & Harris, S.R. (2017). Collaborative occupational therapy: Teachers’ impressions of the partnering for change (P4C) model. Physical & Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics, 14,1-13. DOI:10.1080/01942638.2017.1297988

Woof AM, Selby K, Harris SR. Ankle contractures and functional motor decline in Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Brain and Development (in press).

Wray, E. L., & Mortenson, P. A. (2011). Cultural competence in occupational therapists working in early intervention therapy programs. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 78(3), 180-186. (Winner of the Golden Quill award for best article in CJOT in 2012.)