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Long-Term Impact of Model of Human Occupation Training on Therapeutic Reasoning

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This general qualitative study explores occupational therapists' perspectives related to the long-term impact of Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) training on therapeutic reasoning in practice. MOHO is a widely used, occupation-focused theory that promotes participation and engagement in meaningful activities for occupational adaptation. One-on-one, semi-structured interviews were conducted with six occupational therapists at a cancer rehabilitation center who previously underwent systematic MOHO training. Therapists acquired or expanded MOHO knowledge as a result of training and retained that knowledge 9 months later. They also implemented training-related practice changes including the provision of more holistic, clientcentered occupational therapy services and systematic use of the MOHO to reason in practice 9 months later. Specific results varied based on experience with the MOHO prior to study-related training. MOHO training promotes knowledge acquisition and positive practice changes long-term for occupational therapists in cancer rehabilitation. Similar trainings would meet therapists' desire to learn more about theory-driven practice and improve their clinical reasoning skills. Future research should explore how results transfer to other facilities and how therapeutic reasoning with the MOHO impacts quality of care. J Allied Health 2019; 48(3):188–193.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 2019

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  • The Journal of Allied Health is the official publication of the Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions (ASAHP). The Journal is the only interdisciplinary allied health periodical, publishing scholarly works related to research and development, feature articles, research abstracts and book reviews. Readers of the Journal comprise allied health leaders, educators, faculty and students.
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