Betsy J Vanleit

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CONTEXT Rural communities, often with complex health care issues, have difficulty creating and sustaining an adequate health professional workforce. PURPOSE To identify factors associated with rural recruitment and retention of graduates from a variety of health professional programs in the southwestern United States. METHODS A survey collecting(More)
Clinical reasoning is increasingly recognized as a crucial component of the occupational therapy process. Different types of clinical reasoning used by occupational therapists have been identified, including scientific, procedural, interactive, narrative, conditional, and pragmatic reasoning. This article describes the use of the case method in the(More)
PURPOSE To assess the association between an educational rural health interdisciplinary programme (RHIP) and subsequent practice in US rural and underserved locations. METHODS We carried out a longitudinal cohort study of RHIP students and randomly selected classmate controls for the years 1990-2001, using a mailed survey. OUTCOMES Main outcome measures(More)
The Agricultural Cooperative Extension Service model offers academic health centers methodologies for community engagement that can address the social determinants of disease. The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center developed Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) as a vehicle for its model of health extension. Health extension agents are(More)
OBJECTIVE This experimental research study evaluated the impact of an 8-week psychosocial occupational therapy intervention program for mothers who have children with disabilities. METHOD Thirty-eight mothers of children with disabilities were randomly assigned to participate either in the treatment or the control group (19 in each). The occupational(More)
OBJECTIVE The purpose of this study was to examine and compare the perceived past, present, and future occupational roles of mothers of young children. Awareness of the role demands placed on mothers will assist occupational therapists in addressing the needs of children with disabilities within the family context. METHOD One hundred and thirty-five(More)
OBJECTIVE This study examined and compared mothers' perceptions of child care assistance provided by fathers and other caregivers. Awareness of child care division of labor will assist occupational therapists in addressing the needs of children with disabilities within the family context. METHOD One hundred and thirty-five mothers living in two-parent(More)
Health promotion is a promising but underutilized area of occupational therapy practice. In order for occupational therapy practitioners to increase their involvement in wellness and prevention programs, it is necessary for students to gain relevant fieldwork experience. This article describes the involvement of occupational therapy undergraduate students(More)
INTRODUCTION The need for health professionals is acute throughout rural communities worldwide. The Rural Health Interdisciplinary Program (RHIP) successfully trains health professional students for practice in rural USA. Student-developed problem-based learning (PBL) cases are a central feature of the RHIP and an important educational focus of learning. (More)
International development work is designed to help developing countries strengthen their economies, infrastructure, healthcare systems and educational systems in order to decrease poverty and to improve the quality of life for citizens. However, people with disabilities often miss out on the benefits of development efforts because international(More)