Webinar Presenter Louise Donnellan

November 28, 2017 – Exploring Acute Care Occupational Therapists’ and Therapy Assistants’ Collaborative PracticesLouise graduated from the National University of Ireland, Galway in 2007 with a Bachelors of Occupational Therapy. Louise has practiced as an occupational therapist (OT) in Ireland and Canada in long term care, hospice care and acute care hospital settings. She completed her her Masters of Rehabilitation Science (MRSc) program in May 2017.

This presentation is a summary of Louise’s MRSC research project that explored collaborative practices between OTs and therapy assistants (TA) in an acute care setting. Louise experienced the great benefits of OT/TA collaboration during her career and sought to further understand what can make collaboration successful in an acute care setting.Thematic analysis of interviews with three OTs and three TAs, and participant observation field notes of one OT and one TA revealed how collaborative practices were shaped by a hierarchy of organizational values and structures in an acute care setting. OT and TA learning needs were identified and practice changes were suggested in the findings.

This presentation will be of interest to OTs, TAs and acute care rehabilitation practice leaders who are interested in facilitating collaborative relationships and improving access to occupational therapy services within the acute care setting.

Louise lives in Penticton, British Columbia with her partner. She continues to practice as an OT at Penticton Regional Hospital

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