Support of comparative intervention research may create occupational therapy jobs
The omnipresent healthcare reform debate will doubtlessly carry implications for the average American family, insurers and industry professionals. Specifically, the emphasis on comparative effectiveness research in the comprehensive legislation will affect positions that are available for those pursuing occupational therapy jobs.
As Congress plans to extend federal funding for clinical trials aimed at comparing intervention techniques, research opportunities may open up, especially in areas where such studies have already begun.
In one such study highlighted by OT Practice Magazine, Marjorie McClure, the occupational therapist who heads the Pittsburgh-based Breast Cancer Healing (BCH) group, tested the effect of an exercise and relaxation program on 16 women with breast cancer-related lymphedema.
According to reports in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, women who received the experimental care, called the Breast Cancer Recovery Program, demonstrated better arm flexibility, quality of life, and mood after three months and weight control than those given standard care.
Because BCH treats patients and conducts research in locations like Pittsburgh, Montreal and Atlanta, traveling occupational therapists may gain access to up-and-coming trends in OT research.
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