During the weekend of November 8th, occupational therapy faculty, staff and students attended the 2013 Pennsylvania Occupational Therapy Association (POTA) conference in Pittsburgh, PA. A number of faculty, staff and students presented throughout the weekend. Professor Kim Gargin, MOT, OTR/L presented, "Generational Differences: Do They Impact Fieldwork?." This session provided participants with strategies to promote a successful relationship between OT practitioners and FW students. Dr. Colleen Maher, OTD, OTR/L, CHT presented an education session titled, "Shoulder Conditions: Biomechanical Implications for Engagement in Occupations." This session focused on the major role occupational therapists have when a person develops a shoulder condition...
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The rollout has been a bumpy ride to say the least. The website still has its glitches, and the problems are being labeled President Obama’s Hurricane Katrina by many political pundits. In this week’s entry we will try to separate fact from fiction and take an objective view at the law and where we go from here. The October enrollment numbers were only 20% of predicted targets. More than 106,000 people enrolled, but only 27,000 of those did so by way of the federal website; the vast majority of those that enrolled utilized the state ran exchanges. To put the...
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By Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, the Remington Professor of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He serves as the author and editor of The Pharmacist Activist newsletter (http://www.pharmacistactivist.com) from which this editorial was taken. My students are a continuing source of inspiration who make it a pleasure to continue teaching on a full-time basis even though many of my contemporaries have retired. My students keep me young, at least young at heart if not chronologically. Often there are additional opportunities for professional stimulation and encouragement, and sometimes these situations even occur in bunches as they did...
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Hello readers. Please welcome Delta Iota to the Experts Blog. Delta Iota is a newly-formed chapter of the National Occupational Therapy Honors Society, Pi Theta Epsilon. The first group's members were inducted this past October and are working hard to promote scholarship in traditional and non-traditional forms. Delta Iota wishes to recognize the scholastic achievements of occupational therapy students, faculty and staff. This newly added blog category, "OT - Delta Iota USciences Honor Society," is dedicated to recognizing such achievements. Student leaders will post achievements periodically. If you wish to have achievements posted, please feel free to contact student leaders...
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We have 12 CAP Publications! The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), through its Evidence Exchange database, calls for papers on a regular basis. AOTA recently expanded its body of evidence to include Critically Appraised Papers (CAPs). CAPs are article critiques that assist practitioners in applying research to practice. AOTA published 12 CAPs completed by USciences students in Spring 2013. You can see them here: CAP Publications Recognition of scholarship goes out to the following occupational therapy students: Robyn Blankenhagen Jeanne Brooks Danielle Cooney Mary Eblacker Carolyn Edwards Daniel Fichter Erin Livingston Stephanie McAllister Paula Ortiz-Lozano Lauren Six Palak Sutaria Seoyoung...
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There are currently only 58 certified Vivobarefoot running coaches in the world, and one of them is USciences’ Karin Richards, interim chair of the Department of Kinesiology and program director of health sciences, as well as an American Council on Exercise (ACE) certified personal trainer and group exercise instructor.
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In our previous blog, we delved into how fear and confusion can negatively impact medication adherence. Now we will examine how health beliefs and finances can influence patients and a service we as pharmacists can provide to improve outcomes. Health Beliefs. A difficult barrier pharmacists must overcome to improve adherence is the health beliefs our patients have towards medications, their disease states, and health care in general. A study examined how health beliefs impacted medication adherence in patients being treated for HIV/AIDs and discovered that those patients who were asymptomatic were more likely to be non-adherent, while those who experienced...
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It is a question that thousands of pharmacists and health care professionals ask their patients on an almost constant basis; but many times this inquiry falls on deaf ears and the patient remains noncompliant. It is a frustrating reality that approximately 50% of patients are non-adherent to their medication regimens. It is common knowledge that these patients can’t achieve their therapeutic goals if they don’t take their medications as prescribed and adherence is the key mediator between medical practice and patient outcomes. As pharmacists, we should take a closer look at WHY our patients don’t take their medications, and what...
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By Dr. Daniel A. Hussar, the Remington Professor of Pharmacy at University of the Sciences' Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. He serves as the author and editor of The Pharmacist Activist newsletter (http://www.pharmacistactivist.com) from which this editorial was taken.
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Led by Stephen Metraux PhD, interim director of the Health Policy Program, masters and doctoral students in the Department of Health Policy and Public Health are examining the Patient Protection and ACA as it evolves in real time. Here's what he has to say about this course...
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