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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 6  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 222-227

Continuing education offerings and conferences among state occupational therapy association

Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL 35294, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Hon K Yuen
Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health Professions, University of Alabama At Birmingham, 1530 3rd Avenue South, Birmingham, AL 35294
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijhas.IJHAS_160_16

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CONTEXT: Limited information exists in the literature about how state occupational therapy (OT) associations fulfill their educational mission. AIMS: The purpose of this study is to explore and seek a better understanding of how state OT associations fulfill the provision of professional development activities through continuing education (CE) offerings and conferences. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: This descriptive study used a thematic survey design. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Eight presidents of state OT associations participated in an interview and answered open-ended questions related to CE opportunities their association offered. In addition, six current and past state OT association board members from different states participated in providing credibility and confirmatory feedback. Interviews were analyzed using content analysis. RESULTS: Three themes emerged from the content analysis: (1). Changing models of CE delivery; (2). Changing management strategies on CE delivery; and (3). Weighing costs and benefits of delegation and partnership with constituents. CONCLUSIONS: As revealed from the study findings, state OT associations are developing diverse models and management strategies to offer their CE delivery to meet member and nonmember needs. At the same time, they are weighing the cost and benefits of each of these methods and strategies before making decisions on which ones to adopt long-term for providing CE.

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