“Strong writing skills are imperative for a successful occupational therapy career: writing is essential for assuring the provision of best practice services to our clients, to communicate with multidisciplinary teams, and to promote research and development of the profession…”
~Liat Gafni-Lachter, Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Program
Typical Writing Assignments
2-3 page summary papers reviewing a particular diagnosis
8+ page papers reviewing a particular diagnosis in depth
Reflection papers, 2+ pages, applying personal experiences and beliefs
Case Study; a content outline is provided
Reports of varying length and purpose on a given topic
IRB request for research project approval
Research manuscript for publication/presentation
Professional Development Plan and Portfolio
Qualities of Good Writing
Appropriate organization of content (introduction, body, conclusion)
Appropriate grammar, spelling, punctuation, sentence and paragraph construction and sequencing, and appropriate word usage
Personal application of content and reflection
Appropriate Types of Evidence & Support
Apply principles of Evidence-Based Practice in selecting citation materials
All sources using the APA, 6th ed. are usually appropriate for use. Variance from this will be indicated with the assignment.
APA, 6th ed. is currently required.
In the case of manuscripts for publication, students will adhere to the individual publication requirements.
Evidence-based practice guidelines are generally as described in the User’s Guide to the Medical Literature: Essentials of Evidence-Based Clinical Practice by Guyatt & Rennie, published by the American Medical Association.
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