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Occupational Therapy: Specific OT Classes

Look through the tabs below for resources and tips for specific OT courses.

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Specific OT Classes

WFOT Country Report Assignment

Overview of Country's Politics, Demographics, Culture, etc: CIA World Factbook

Ebooks with Descriptions of World Healthcare Systems: Comparative Health Systems and Global Health Care and Healthcare Systems Around the World and World Health Systems

Information about OT in a Specific Country: WFOT Member List by Country or COTEC (Europe). Some countries have a less robust/official OT presence. It is possible that they organize via Facebook group, Wordpress sites, or other informal communities. If you don't find an official-looking website, see if there's anything on Google. Example: Nepal AND "occupational therapy" . Another idea: translate the country name and the term "occupational therapy" into the country's major language, then search.

Details about Health Issues and Statistics: See the International Data box at the bottom of the Community Health tab of this guide


Statistics about Communities Outside the US (Community Wheel Assignment?)

See the International Data box at the bottom of the Community Health tab of this guide

These tutorials may help you in OT 613 (Introduction to Scholarship) and OT 611 (Research Methods for EBP). You'll use these concepts and more in OT 711/721 (Scholarly Study).

These resources will help you synthesize different sources and write a literature review in OT 711 & OT 721 (Scholarly Study 1 & 2).

These resources were used in OT 611/613. You may want to revisit these as a refresher for OT 711/721.

Tips for your annotated bibliography on interprofessional care teams: 

  • Search the databases listed on the main page of this libguide.
    • CINAHL Plus is a good starting point, or Nursing & Allied Health Database.
    • Select "Advanced Search" before you start searching. This will let you combine search terms.
  • Combine search terms
    • In the first search box, type interprofessional
    • In the second search box, type words that describe your preferred population or setting. Example: if your capstone project is about children, type pediatric OR child OR adolescent. If your project is about rural healthcare settings, type rural
    • This should look for articles about interprofessional care in your preferred population/setting. 
  • Skim the search results and assess what you're finding.
    • Tons of relevant-seeming search results? You have the luxury of narrowing it further. Options:
      • Look for OT-specific articles
        • Add another search box. Look for occupational therapist OR ot in the third search box, along with the terms you already tried. Note: you may find zero search results when you narrow it that much. That is okay. Your articles aren't required to talk about OTs specifically--this would just be a nice extra if they're available.
      • Filter to peer-reviewed only
        • Go to the filters on the left. Filter to peer-reviewed articles only. (Note: in CINAHL you have to click Show More under the publication date filter to get this option)
      • Filter to full-text only
        • Go to the filters on the left. Filter to full-text articles to show items with immediate access. (Note: the library can help you access articles that we don't own in full-text).
    • Not enough relevant-seeming articles?
      • Think of alternative or broader terms to describe your setting/population.
      • If there's even one relevant-seeming article, open it and read its first couple pages. This might be called introduction, background, or literature review. They will probably mention other articles on similar topics. 
      • Contact your librarian for help. Contact information is on this page.

Tips for your Health Conditions Analysis papers: 

  • For your journal article sources, search the databases listed on the main page of this libguide.
    • The START HERE box is a good place to start for both papers. 
      • Choose a database from that box, like CINAHL or MEDLINE. Click "Advanced Search" in the database.
      • Search for your condition, then add more search terms in the other boxes.
        • For example, let's say your condition is peripheral neuropathy. Search "peripheral neuropathy" in the first box. You'll get many results. If you see other ways to describe this condition (like "peripheral nervous system diseases") then add that to your search box if you want to include those items.
        • Then add another term to the next box. What do you want to know about peripheral neuropathy? Maybe how it affects ADLs? Then add "activities of daily living" OR ADLs to the next box, and search. Or you could search "comorbid" to see what conditions commonly occur along with your condition. Tweak this search based on what you need to learn about your condition. 
    • The Medical Databases box is more helpful for the physical condition.
      • DynaMed is a fantastic resource for this assignment. However, it would not count as one of your journal article sources. DynaMed's information is intended for healthcare practitioners to use at the point of care. It combines recommendations based on strong scientific evidence, but it's not a primary research source. 
      • MedlinePlus is also a good source, but would not count as a journal article source. It's intended to explain health conditions to patients and their families, not healthcare professionals. It would be a great source for your Resources for Additional Information section. 
    • The Psychology Databases box is more helpful for the mental health condition. 
  • For definitions, background, symptoms, etc., start with reference books instead of journal articles. Reference books are better for these big-picture overviews. 
    • Mental health: the DSM-V-TR is the gold standard for mental health conditions. We have an ebook version here, or print copies at both Gainesville and Norcross.
    • Physical conditions: Black's Medical Dictionary or DynaMed (see main page Medical Databases box) are good starting points. 
  • For prevalence and statistics, try searching government websites like the CDC Diseases & Conditions page

Still not finding what you need? Contact your librarian! Contact information is in the profile box on this page. 


You'll need statistics about your community to show a need for your project. Use the Community Health tab above to find demographics, health assessments, and other statistics. There is a tutorial video at the top of that page.

You'll need empirical research showing evidence of why you think your project would work. Use the OT Databases and Journals tab (main page) to find scholarly research studies. There is a tutorial video at the top of that page. 

Clear Communication

Links on Health Literacy, Promotion, & Education

World Health Organization

Health Statistics

AOTA Statements and Resources



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