Professional studies

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Type of course


Cycle/level of course


Recommended year of study


Total number of ECTS

5 cr

Competency aims

The aim of the course is that student will develop his/her competence regarding: - occupational therapy by searching for best evidence which support the clinical practice. - occupational therapy process and professional reasoning by considering the individual client's situation when using research results as a base for intervention. - research and development in occupational therapy and occupational science by developing his/her ability to use evidence based process to search for evidence in qualitative and quantitative research results. Student is also aware of the limitations regarding research results in clinical practice.

Learning outcomes

At the end of the course the student is expected to be able to - describe the process of evidence based practice and clinical reasoning - recognize the different stages in research process - use databases to search for research articles in occupational therapy. - use the evidence based process to search for evidence in different areas of occupational therapy - summarize results from research articles in occupational therapy. - be aware of the importance to consider client's individual situation when using research results in therapy intervention.

Course contents

Process for evidence based occupational therapy. Process for clinical reasoning. Databases. Critical review of research articles.

Prerequisites and co-requisites

Basic course in occupational therapy

Recommended or required reading

Backman, J. (2008). Rapporter och uppsatser. Lund: Studentlitteartur. Bury, T., Mead, J. (2000). Evidence-based healthcare. A practical guide for therapists. Holm, M. (2000). Our mandate for new millenium: Evidence-based practice. AJOT, 54; 575-84. Taylor M. Clare (2007) Evidence-Based Practice for Occupational Therapists. Whiley: Blackwell Schell, John W. & Boyt Schell, Barbara A. (2007). Clinical and professional reasoning in occupational therapy. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN10:0781759145 Kassirer, Jerome P, Kopelman, Richard I. & Wong, John B. (2009). Learning clinical reasoning. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. ISBN10:078179515X. Artiklar som grupperna söker i samband med undervisningen: Guidetti,S., Andersson,K., Andersson,M.,Tham,K. 2010. Client-centered self-care intervention after stroke. A feasibility study. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational therapy. 17(4)276-285. Gunnarsson, A., Peterson, K., Leufstaduius, C., Jansson, J. & Eklund, M. 2010. Client perceptions of the Tree Theme Method: a structured intervention based on storytelling and creative activities. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy,17 (3) 200-208 McDonald, R.A., Surtees, R. 2007. Longitudinal study evaluating a seating system using a sacral pad and kneeblock for children with cerebral palsy. Disability and Rehabilitation, 29(13), 1041-1047.

Study activities

  • Lectures - 20 hours
  • Individual- and group instruction - 5 hours
  • Practical exercises - 5 hours
  • Small-group work - 10 hours
  • Individual studies - 76 hours
  • Internet-based studies - 10 hours
  • Seminars - 7 hours


  • Total workload of the course: 133 hours
  • Of which autonomous studies: 133 hours
  • Of which scheduled studies: 0 hours

Mode of Delivery

Multiform education

Assessment methods

  • Exams (written-, oral-, home-)
  • Essays, reports, productions and portfolio

Assessment requirements

Passed in written tasks which are included in the course exam. Active participation in seminars and group work The final grade for the course is based on both the results from written tasks and active participation in seminars and group works.


  • Keltto Tarja
  • Tana Jonas


Arola Annikki

Home page of the course


Group size

No limit

Assignments valid until

Until date 2014-05-31

Assessment methods

  • Date of examination will be announced later - Exams
  • Date will be announced later - Reports and productions

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