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Why Writing Matters

Why Writing Matters in Occupational Therapy

 “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
  • Research proposal
  • IRB request
  • 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, 5th ed. are usually appropriate for use. Variance from this will be indicated with the assignment.

Citation Conventions

  • APA, 6th ed. is currently required.
  • In the case of manuscripts for publication, students will adhere to the individual publication requirements.

Special Comments

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.

Please contact the Occupational Therapy Department about ANYTHING else that may be helpful to you!

Faculty Perspectives 
on Writing:

Ellen Herlache

Writing in Occupational Therapy

My Writing Story

Example Papers

Melony Blasius, Kara Finkbeiner,
& Thomas Outman

"Crossbow Study" (454kB)

Meghan Barnes, Kim Bigari, Tiffany Culler, Heather Gregory,
Julienne Hamilton, & Stacy Krawczyk

"Promoting Community Inclusion, Education, and Social Supports"

Moira Maus
"Warren Mervyn: Prosocial Community Catalyst"

Jennifer L. Miles
"Occupational Assessment of Neurologic Conditions"

Jennifer L. Miles
"Case Study for M" (277kB)