Jacquie D. Ripat

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The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) is receiving international attention as an important assessment for directing occupational therapy interventions and measuring client-centred outcomes. The COPM measures individuals' perceptions of disability by identifying those tasks that are important to them and difficult to perform. The Health(More)
BACKGROUND Increased numbers of children with chronic illnesses and/or disabilities who have complex care needs are living at home. Along with the transfer of care to the home setting, parents assume the primary responsibility of their child's complex care needs. Accordingly, it becomes even more important to understand the evolving roles and challenges(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to identify the key characteristics of an assistive technology service delivery model preferred by the various stakeholders in Manitoba, Canada. METHODS A descriptive, exploratory approach consistent with qualitative research design was used to explore this issue. Three focus groups were held using a semi-structured(More)
BACKGROUND Walkability is one feature of a person-friendly community that citizen engagement can influence. PURPOSE Describe a winter walkability project and how an occupational therapist supported citizen engagement and participation in local policy decision making. METHODS Seven stakeholder representatives undertook a participatory research project to(More)
There is evidence that performing job tasks involving repetition, vibration, sustained posture or forceful movement may contribute to symptoms of work related upper extremity disorders. Typing is one such activity; symptoms that develop as a result of this activity can affect performance of work, self-care and leisure occupations. Studies investigating the(More)
In this study we explored the factors that affect assistive technology (AT) provision within the Navajo Nation using a qualitative approach to inquiry. Focus groups were held in which AT users discussed their awareness of AT and their need for, use of, and satisfaction with AT devices and services. Twenty-eight individuals who used wheelchairs, orthotics or(More)
OBJECTIVE To develop a model of community ambulation after stroke based on: Canadian data from community-dwelling individuals post-stroke; the experiences and opportunities for community ambulation expressed by individuals with stroke; and current literature. The model presents a visual depiction of the relationships between the different factors of(More)
BACKGROUND Implementing strategies to overcome barriers to client-centred practice is a challenge encountered by many occupational therapists in their daily practice. The Client-centred Strategies Framework is proposed as a tool to assist occupational therapists to consider barriers and implement strategies from a variety of perspectives. DESCRIPTION The(More)
BACKGROUND Community ambulation refers to the ability of a person to walk in their own community, outside of their home and also indoors in private or public locations. Some people choose to walk for exercise or leisure and may walk with others as an important aspect of social functioning. Community ambulation is therefore an important skill for stroke(More)
OBJECTIVES To test the hypothesis that challenges to community participation posed by winter weather are greater for individuals who use scooters, manual and power wheelchairs (wheeled mobility devices [WMDs]) than for the general ambulatory population, and to determine what WMD users identify as the most salient environmental barriers to community(More)