Merrolee Penman

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Assessing the quality of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) is important and relatively new. Quality gives us an estimate of the likelihood that the results are a valid estimate of the truth. We present an annotated bibliography of scales and checklists developed to assess quality. Twenty-five scales and nine checklists have been developed to assess(More)
Evidence-based practice has become the dominant paradigm in the delivery of rehabilitation programme. However, occupational therapists in Australia and New Zealand have been slow in making the transition to become evidence-based practitioners. Collaboration between the university/tertiary institute and clinical setting is one way that clinicians can be(More)
AIM The development of competent future allied health professionals through academic programmes, professional support and practical education is continually evolving. The aim of this study was to explore the feelings of newly graduated occupational therapists in Australia and Aotearoa/New Zealand regarding their education and work preparedness. METHODS(More)
Many patients with multiple sclerosis exhibit behavioural changes, including alterations cognitive functions and psychiatric abnormalities. Increasingly sophisticated neuropsychologic assessment techniques plus magnetic resonance imaging have added to our knowledge in this area, showing that these alterations may be more common than previously recognized.(More)
OBJECTIVE To identify literature which discusses the barriers and enablers of eHealth technology and which evaluates its role in facilitating interdisciplinary team work for the care of people with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). DESIGN Systematic review. DATA SOURCES Studies were identified by searching CINAHL, Embase, Medline, PsycINFO, Scopus, and(More)
Conversion Disorders involve the psychogenic loss or disturbance of sensory, motor or other physical functions in a manner suggestive of neurologic or other somatic disease but without any actual finding of the latter. These problems are subconscious, with patients not being able to control their symptoms. Jean-Marie Charcot, in the 19th century, was(More)
Over the past ten years, the treatment options available to people with epilepsy have changed drastically, resulting in new concepts, treatment methods and philosophies. Complex partial seizures (temporal lobe or psychomotor) account for one third of all chronic seizure disorders. Following temporal lobectomy, the majority of these patients no longer(More)
BACKGROUND Clinical placements are a critical component of the training for health professionals such as occupational therapists. However, with growing student enrolments in professional education courses and workload pressures on practitioners, it is increasingly difficult to find sufficient, suitable placements that satisfy program accreditation(More)