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Welcome to the subject page for Occupational Therapy.  This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

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  • Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject.

    Eresources

    Use our eresources to search for relevant journal articles or other resources such as anatomy images.  Although OneSearch does search many of these, using the subject specific collections will produce more tailored results and provide more relevant filters. Eresources for health is an online tutorial to help you use these resources.

    In addition to these key full-text eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources to see the whole list and see the for additional research specific resources.

    EresourceDescription
    Anatomy TV  An Interactive 3D anatomy resource.  Rotate the body, navigate through the layers and click on the image to bring up the relevant text.
    Instant Anatomy  Diagrams, videos, podcasts and revision questions to help you get to grips with anatomy.
        Occupational Therapy and health specific
    CINAHL 

    The key collection for Nursing and Allied health. It indexes (citations only) over 4000 journals and holds the full-text of 760 journals, plus linking to our other subscribed content. You will get fewer results but they should be more relevant.

    MEDLINE  MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine journal citation database covering medicine, nursing, the health care system and much more.  This version includes citations from 5,200 scholarly journals and full-text from more than 1,450.
    Proquest Nursing and Allied Health  One of several collections from Proquest, all of which together form Proquest Central. This particular collection indexes 850 journals and holds the full-text of 715 Nursing and Allied health titles. More information in Getting started with Proquest databases.
    Cochrane Library  Provides systematic reviews of clinical based research on the effectiveness of specific interventions. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review but if there is, it will be a key resource. Cochrane also runs a blog Evidence for everyday nursing, which pulls together reviews into a more digestible format.
      Wider and multi-disciplinary 
    SPORTDiscus Mostly full text, this collection covers journal articles, monographs and theses on sport, sport medicine, fitness and related disciplines.

     
    ScienceDirect  Covers physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences and social sciences.   As the name suggests it is more science based so it will depend on your topic whether you use this one.
      Community Care inform  Case law, reference manuals, legislation, guides, research, practice, key documents and other resources for professionals working with children and young people.
      Academic Search Complete  A huge multi-disciplinary database which indexes (citations only) over 9,500 journals and provides full-text to over 6,500.  Good for a search on more general topics.
    Proquest Central  Pulls together many of the Proquest collections, searching thousands of journals across many subjects.  More information in Getting started with Proquest databases.
      Sage Journals  Whereas the collections above hold content from a number of publishers this collection holds 900 full-text peer reviewed journals published by Sage.  Other publisher collections are available but this one has the most relevant full-text journals.
      Dissertations and theses  Global collection with some full-text from 1997 onwards.  It is possible to limit by level e.g. MSc.  To access UoC undergrad dissertations go to Collections in OneSearch

     

    Individual Journal Titles

    Browse or search inside key journal titles for your subject below. There are too many to mention but three of the key Occupational Therapy journals are listed below. All of these journals are peer reviewed and a good starting point.  For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.

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    British Journal of Occupational Therapy Published once a month this journal keeps you up to date with the latest developments in Occupational Therapy. Special issues themed around specific topics (e.g. stroke rehabilitation) are published yearly. 
    Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy This journal aims to present leading-edge Occupational Therapy scholarship, providing a useful international perspective on contemporary issues in Occupational Therapy. It is published five times per year.
    Australian Occupational Therapy Journal The official research publication of the professional peak body Occupational Therapy Australia. It includes empirical studies, theoretical papers, reviews and scholarly commentary.

    The College of Occupational Therapists (COT) also offers a photocopy request service for the journals that they hold, and both members and non-members can make use of this. Full details of the journals available (and details of how to submit a request) are on the COT website.

  • Web links for your subject

    Organisations
    Royal College of Occupational Therapists The professional body for Occupational Therapy staff in the UK.
      Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) The Regulator for health, psychological and social work professionals.
      Department of Health and Social Care The Government Department website. Access Guidance, Policy papers and statistics

    National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

    NICE provides guidance and advice on health and social care.  Use the site to access Clinical Knowledge Summaries, guidance, standards and the BNF

    Nuffield Trust

    Independent health think tank providing research and policy analysis.
    King's Fund Independent charity seeking to improve the health and systems in England
    World Health organisation (WHO) The coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations. Use for Global Data and factsheets
    Evidence-based information
      Evidence Search The search engine from the NICE for health and social care professionals, providing evidence-based health information, Clinical Knowledge Summaries and much more.  If you have an Athens Password from the hospital library you will also be able to access the journals. Download the Quick guide to NHS Evidence Search

    Centre for Evidence-based Medicine.

    Provides resources and background information for healthcare professionals, with Critical Appraisal tools and educational material to download.

    CASP

    Helps you to find and interpret the best available evidence from health research by providing some useful checklists.

    National Institute for Health Reseach

    Appraises research to identify the most reliable, relevant and significant findings to support the NHS. It disseminates these findings as Signals (The latest important research, summarised), Highlights (Conditions, treatments and issues explored using NIHR evidence) and Themed reviews.

    OT Seeker

    A database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials have been critically appraised and rated to help you evaluate their validity and interpretability.
    Health data and statistics
      Office for National Statistics Government statistics and reports including Heath and Social Care the census

    PHE data analysis and tools

    Data and analysis for many conditions/issues from Public Health England.

    UK Data Service

    Centralised collection of social research data for the UK including Access to key surveys such as the Health Survey England and the Continuous Household survey

    Health and Care Statistics Landscape for England.

    With no centralised place for health statisics this site attemps to map to sources of statistics by theme.

    Cancer Stats

    Statistical information reports from Cancer Research

    Heart statistics

    Statistics on risk factors for heart disease, from the British heart Foundation.

    NOMIS

    Contains Local Ward and Parish data.

    Cumbria Observatory

    Local data. Brings together analysis and research about the people of Cumbria.

    Global Health Observatory

    WHO site pulling together global health data.

    National Centre for Health Statistics

    USA health statistics
    Other useful sites
      NHS Acronym buster  

    Behind the headlines

    NHS site that examines the real research behind health stories that appear in the media

    Health talk online

    People talk about their experiences of health and illness

    North Grey literature collection

    Grey Literature covers all types of government and organisational documents: conference papers, policy documents, patient leaflets, blogs and more.  The definition is that it isn't peer reviewed and is published by an organisation/body whose primary objective isn’t making money from publishing.  Now that much more is held digitally and archived it is getting easier to find but can still be tricky. This site collects useful sources of Grey literature for health.

     

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