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Mini OT-forum at the division for Occupational Therapy

The 18th of May, 2016 doctoral students at the Division of Occupational Therapy (OT) organized a mini OT-forum where clinicians, students and those who are interested, were invited. The event aimed to create a dialogue on current topics that connects clinical work with research.

The opening session of the forum began with greetings from the division’s managers, Eric Asaba and Professor Louise Nygård. The afternoon followed by eight different presentations by eight of doctoral students at the division:

  • "Live life! "Frail older people's influence and empowerment in everyday life - Margarita Mondaca
  • Environments for stroke health care: the physical health care environment and its impact on the health care and rehabilitation - Anna Anåker
  • The use of mobile and computer in strokerehabilitering - is it possible? - Martha Gustavsson
  • Challenges to return to work after stroke - Annika Nilsson East
  • EHealth - is it for everyone? - Elin Pettersson
  • "There must be meaningful" experiences of returning to work after spinal injury - Lisa Bergmark
  • Access to and use of everyday technology among older people - a matter of justice? - Charlotta Ryd
  • "Become more client-centered (which even I thought I was before ....)" - What does it over time as an occupational therapist to participate in a research project - Christina Eriksson

There were discussion sessions Between each presentation with worthwhile reflections and a poster exhibition was available during the coffee break. The day ended with a joint discussion where both today's presentations and future visions and challenges were discussed.

The overall impression of the event was that it was very appreciate both of graduate students who presented and participants. There was also a consensus that there is a need for this type of forum and that it should be reorganized.

Some of the comments from the participants' evaluation:

"It made us to think about how we can think of and implement the available research or made right now"

"It’s positive that KI presents and motivate others to engage more in research"

"It would have been interesting to have a deeper discussion of the research on dementia that I work with. At the same time it was fun to get a general overview. Thank you!"