Occupational Therapists’ Needs Regarding Standardized Assessments in Acute Care

Peter Haughton

Background: Multiple barriers and minimal organizational supports limit evidence-based use of standardized assessments in the acute hospital setting.

Purpose: This study explores occupational therapists’ patterns of use and desired organizational supports to promote effective use of standardized assessments in the acute hospital setting.

Methods: A mixed-methods approach entailing an online survey followed by a focus group was used to collect data from a group of inpatient occupational therapists at a large, urban hospital in Western Canada. Participants’ patterns of assessment are reported in table format, and the qualitative data was analyzed for themes regarding desired organizational supports.

Findings: Challenges, benefits, and patterns of use of standardized assessments are similar to previous research findings. Participants also describe many potential initiatives and resources to support standardized assessment use in this setting.

Conclusion: Occupational therapy leaders are encouraged to trial the suggested initiatives at their sites to support effective use of standardized assessments.