Advancing Recreational Therapy Interventions: Using Data To Drive Practice

Course Title:

This course is designed to provide an introduction to how research can help guide evidence-based practice of recreational therapy. Participants will better understand how to conduct research, promote evidence-based practice, and utilize the information to guide best practices in recreational therapy.
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Course Objectives

  • Learner will demonstrate understanding of how to better measure clinical outcomes through research

  • Learner will be able to articulate the difference between research and evaluation

  • Learner will be able to explain how to use data to deliver value-based care

Jennifer Piatt, PhD, CTRS

Instructor Bio:

Dr. Jennifer Piatt’s work focuses on addressing clinical outcomes for adults and children with disabling conditions within community-based rehabilitation, primarily the spinal cord injury population. She utilizes research in recreational therapy (RT) as a public health initiative to better understand how different interventions can address secondary health conditions, improve health outcomes, and decrease health care costs. Her research is grounded in the World Health Organization’s International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF). As a bio-psycho-social model the ICF provides a conceptual framework that examines health within a variety of contexts, including personal and environmental factors, body functions and structure, as well as activity and participation. Utilizing both qualitative and quantitative methods, she examines how human behavior impacts participation. Her overarching goal is to better understand what type of public health initiatives within the realm of RT have a positive impact on health outcomes among adults and children with disabling conditions within community-based rehabilitation settings.

Jennifer Piatt, PhD, CTRS

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