OTMS 62600: Professional Practice in Community


Flecky, K. & Gitlow, L. (2011). Service-Learning in Occupational Therapy Education: Philosophy and practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Meyers, S. (2010). Community Practice in Occupational Therapy: A guide to serving the community. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.

Fazio, L.S. (2008). Developing Occupation Centered Programs for the Community (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Scaffa, M. (2013) Occupational Therapy in Community Practice Settings (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

American Occupational Therapy Association (2010). The Occupational Therapy Manager (5th ed.). Bethesda, MD: author.

Crepeau, E. B., Cohn, E.S., & Schell, B.A.B. (2013). Willard and Spackman’s Occupational Therapy (12th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.

Rankin, S. H., & Stallings, K, D. (1996). Patient Education: Issues, Principles, and Practice (3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott.

Finding Scholarly Articles

This is a great tool for finding primary biomedical journal articles with links to some full-text. Be sure to use the many helpful limiters such as: gender, age, publication type and clinical queries.
This is a great tool for finding education, health promotion, and psychosocial health articles along with research articles. Be sure to use the many limiters such as: gender, age, publication type and clinical queries.
ERIC (Ebsco interface)
The premier education database including bibliographic citations, abstracts, and some full-text for journal articles, research and technical reports, conference papers and proceedings, program descriptions, teaching guides, and lesson plans.
Indexes and abstracts journal articles and book chapters in the field of psychology, 1887 to present.
SocINDEX with Full Text
A comprehensive sociological research database.

Search Strategies

  • String together synonyms using "OR": "needs assessment" or community research or community based participatory research
  • Limit your topic to the “TI Title”, “AB Abstract”, “SU Subject”, "MW Word in Subject Heading
  • Using the "*" to broaden a term and find different endings: occupational therapy; occupational therapist; occupational therpeutics

  • Review the subject headings as a way to find new terms to search: Community Assessment; Community Health Services


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