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Occupational Therapy: Home

This is a guide for Duquesne University's Occupational Therapy students to assist in researching, writing, learning, networking, and more.

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This guide seeks to assist the research efforts and support the clinical practice of Duquesne University Occupational Therapy (M.S.) students. It brings together selected relevant Gumberg Library resources and additional websites.

Some of the links connect to resources that are only available to current Duquesne University students, faculty, and staff. These resources will require your Duquesne University ID number or MultiPass credentials if you are working off campus.

What is an Occupational Therapist?

An occupational therapist is an allied health professional who works with individuals to maximize their independence to perform daily life activities necessary for their occupation.

Patients may be disabled by a physical injury or illness, a psychological or emotional condition, a learning disability, an aging process, or a social and cultural issue. Occupational therapists focus beyond just the physical limitations of the patient to the mental, psychological, and social and cultural issues that influence the patient’s condition.

Working with the individual and the individual’s family, the occupational therapist creates individualized goals that are reevaluated, adapted, and changed as the patient (hopefully) improves.

What are the major topics of this guide?

This guide is organized into seven main parts- Home, Research, Writing, Learning, Advocacy, Networking, and Duquesne.

The Research section divides farther into five separate categories.

  1. Databases,
  2. eBooks/Books,
  3. Evidence Based Practice,
  4. Drug Information, and
  5. Mobile Resources

The Writing section contains resources, services, and other guides to help you write more effectively.

The Learning section provides links to online tools. This section is divided into three sections.

  1. Anatomy,
  2. Continuing Education, and
  3. Government

Advocacy contains information about organizations that support and advocate for assessiblity and individuals with disabilities.

The sixth section, Networking, is divided into three sections to assist in career development.

  1. Accreditation/Certification,
  2. Employment, and
  3. Professional Organizations

Finally, the Duquesne section supports Duquesne's occupational therapy students with information about the department, student organizations, and requirements.

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