Critical Appraisals - General Topics

Clinical Scenario Discipline

What are the challenges faced by sole occupational therapists working in the rural and remote areas?

Ni Mhurchu, C, Blakely, T, Jiang, Y, Eyles, HC, & Rodgers, A 2010, ‘Effects of price discounts and tailored nutrition education on supermarket purchases: A randomized controlled trial’, American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, vol. 91, no. 3, pp. 736-747.


How does passive limb ranging/stretches effect join mobility/function and pain in ventilated and sedated patients?

Chumney, D, Nollinger, K, Shesko, K, Skop, K, Spencer, M, & Newton, R 2010, ‘Ability of Functional Independence Measure to accurately predict functional outcome of stroke-specific population: Systematic review’, Journal of Rehabilitation Research & Development, vol. 47, no. 1, pp. 17-30.


The number of allied health staff working in the acute care setting in different hospitals around Australia. We would like to know how this level of staffing impacts on the length of stay for patients

Cartmill, L, Comans, T, Clark, M, Ash, S, & Sheppard, L 2012, ‘Using staffing ratios for workplace planning: Evidence on nine allied health professions’, Human Resources for Health, vol. 10, no. 2.


Is there a relationship between prolonged sitting and mortality?

Vander Ploeg, H, Chey, T, Korda, J, Banks, E, & Bauman, A 2012, ‘Sitting time and all –cause mortality risk in 222497 Australian adults’ , Archives of Internal Medicine, vol. 172, no. 6.


How are iPad applications being utilised in rehabilitation?

Mosa, ASM, Yoo, I, & Sheets, L 2012, ‘A systematic review of healthcare applications for smartphones’, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, vol. 12, p. 67. 


How is the  amount of therapy time, participation in therapy groups, rate of recovery etc. impacted in rehabilitation patients that receive input from allied health clinicians and assistants/paramedical aides compared with input from allied health clinicians?

Lizarondo, L, Kumar, S, Hyde, L, Skidmore, D 2010, ‘Allied health assistants and what they do: A systematic review of the literature’, Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare, vol. 3, pp. 43-53.


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