Wednesday, 10 March 2021

New publication: Occupational Therapists need to be involved in developing and evaluating technological solutions to support remote working

CATCH members and Occupational Therapy colleagues have a new paper published in the British Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Current Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) research priorities (Royal College of Occupational Therapists, 2020) highlight the need to ensure person-centred practice, effective working with family, carers and other professionals, and evidence of cost-effectiveness. Examining the impact of remote technologies on these aspects of occupational therapy practice is required.

Occupational therapists’ involvement in developing technological solutions to the challenges of remote working is vital for ensuring solutions support person- centred practice. Researching and evaluating new technologies help us understand the challenges to deploying technological innovations in health and social  care services and the essential ingredients for person-centered practice and sustainability. Remote working is now intrinsic to our current and future work; we need to help shape the technology so it meets the needs of the people who use services and the needs of the occupational therapy workforce.

Please find the full paper here.

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