Current literature found that technology has created solutions for communication, collecting and monitoring data, diagnosis and treatment, and managing electronic health records. However, there is limited literature covering the use of technology for home visiting services specific to the occupational therapy (OT) discipline. There is also a lack of research focusing on how technology can be used to improve the implementation of OT assessments, interventions and work processes in home visiting.
This study aims to provide an opportunity to identify how and what kind of technology can be used before, during and after home visits to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the process. It will also assist our community partner, Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, to identify whether they would benefit from implementing technology into their Home Visiting Department.
Procedure for completing the survey
We are looking for Occupational Therapists (OTs) who have had experience or are currently practicing as home visiting OTs. Your participation in completing this survey will involve sharing of information regarding the types of technology that you have had experience using or are currently using in your practice; and the advantages and disadvantages of implementing and using these technologies in conducting assessments, interventions, and work processes. Furthermore, you will be asked a few questions on your demographics.
The survey can only be completed once online through a link. The survey will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete. There will be no costs involved to take part in this survey and participants will not get paid to complete this survey. In order to thank you for your time, you will have the option to opt-in to receive a copy of the final written industry report. Your participation is voluntary, and you may choose to withdraw your consent at any time and for any reason without penalty. Your responses will remain private and confidential. You will not be required to provide your name, organisation or postal address.
How anonymity of data will be ensured:
The information that you provide will be treated with confidentiality and be kept anonymous throughout data collection and analysis. This means that identifying features such as your name, age, gender, home address and affiliated organisations will not be asked for in the survey. However, we will ask for your geographical location in the world (i.e. Australia, United States of America, New Zealand, Canada or United Kingdom). Participants will not be identified in academic publications and/or presentations arising from this research. We will ask for your email address only if you choose to opt-in to have the final research report emailed to you at the end of the study. The email that you provide will not be used in this study for any other reason.
Electronic data will be stored in a password-protected file on a hard drive at Curtin University. All data collected will only be accessed by researchers and the information collected in this study will be kept under secure conditions at Curtin University for 7 years after the research is published. It will then be destroyed.
The following people will have access to the information collected in this study:
• The research team (Student researchers: Henna Shah, Hemi Shah, Elorie Duboisee and Vanessa Lim; Supervisor: Courtenay Harris).
• And in the event of an audit or investigation, staff from the Curtin University Office of Research and Development.
Deadline for completion/closure of survey:
The survey will be closed on the 31st July 2019.