Publication trends in occupational therapy

K. Ottenbacher, M. A. Short

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Articles appearing in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy over the past decade were reviewed and categorized according to the nature of the article. Seven categories were identified: descriptive, survey, case and field study, correlational, quasi-experimental, true experimental and practical. Data analysis revealed that there has been a significant change in the type of articles published before and after 1978. This change appears to be confined to certain categories. Specifically, there has been an increase in articles of a quasi-experimental nature and a decrease in articles of a purely descriptive type. The implications of increased research publications in the occupational therapy literature are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)80-88
Number of pages9
JournalOccupational Therapy Journal of Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1982
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation


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