Clinical application of low vision rehabilitation strategies after completion of a computer-based training module

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Abstract

  • This study evaluated changes in occupational therapists' practice behaviors after completion of an online continuing education (CE) program delivered over a hospital Intranet system. The setting was a large rural medical system covering parts of two southeastern states. A convenience sample of 28 occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants was recruited from the facility therapy staff. A CE module on low vision assessment and treatment was delivered using the hospital Intranet and a follow-up survey assessing practice change was carried out 8 weeks later. Most participants reported an increase in their comfort level when treating clients with low vision after course completion. Fifty percent of participants reported screening for vision impairments, increased use of environmental modifications, and more referrals to other vision specialists. Outcomes suggest that Internet-delivered CE programs can improve knowledge and affect practice. © 2014 Informa Healthcare USA, Inc.
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  • Nipp CM; Vogtle LK; Warren M
  • Start Page

  • 296
  • End Page

  • 305
  • Volume

  • 28
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  • 3