Research in the OT Potential Club

List of Research in the OT Potential Club by Practice Area

If you’re thinking about joining the OT Potential Club, you might like to peek at some of the research we’ve reviewed. The vast majority of the research we look at comes from our annually updated 100 Most Influential OT Research Articles. In other words, we look at research that has been highly cited by others and is relevant to occupational therapy.

Below, we are sharing all of our articles, broken down by these three areas:

Adult Rehab & Pediatrics

Adult Rehab


(Please note: in the OT Club, we provide a written analysis of each article, focusing on practical takeaways and discussion points for OTs. We do not host the full research articles. That being said, many of the articles listed below are free for you access!)

Within each category, the most recently published articles are at the top!


Adult Rehab & Pediatrics

Daily Life Experiences: Challenges, Strategies, and Implications for Therapy in Postural Tachycardia Syndrome (POTS) (2020) Occupational Therapy In Health Care

Sensory characteristics of youth at clinical high risk for psychosis (2019) Early Intervention in Psychiatry

Spinocerebellar ataxia (2019) Nature Reviews Disease Primers

Expanding beyond individualism: Engaging critical perspectives on occupation (2018) Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Telehealth in occupational therapy (2018) The American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Longitudinal study of postconcussion syndrome: Not everyone recovers (2017) Journal of Neurotrauma

Mitochondrial DNA maintenance defects (2017) Biochimica et Biophysica Acta – Molecular Basis of Disease

Occupational injustice: A critique (2017) Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Vision 2025 (2017) The American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Ataxia telangiectasia: A review (2016) Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases

Quantitative Evaluation System of Soft Neurological Signs for Children with ADHD (2016) Sensors

Service Needs Across the Lifespan for Individuals with Autism (2016) Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Serving transgender people: clinical care considerations and service delivery models in transgender health (2016) The Lancet

The Cognitive Orientation to Daily Occupational Performance (CO-OP) (2016) Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Diagnosis and Treatment of Dystonia (2015) Neurologic Clinics

eHealth, participatory medicine, and ethical care (2015) Journal of Medical Internet Research

MELAS syndrome: Clinical manifestations, pathogenesis, and treatment options (2015) Molecular Genetics and Metabolism

Sharpening our critical edge: Occupational therapy in the context of marginalized populations (2015) Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Translating knowledge in rehabilitation (2015) Physical Therapy

Belonging, occupation, and human well-being (2014) Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy

Extended roles for allied health professionals (2014) Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare


Adult Rehab

Diagnosis and Treatment of Parkinson Disease: A Review (2020) JAMA – Journal of the American Medical Association

Pelvic Floor Dysfunction After Childbirth: Occupational Impact and Awareness of Available Treatment (2020) OTJR: Occupation, Participation and Health

Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and Pulmonary Rehabilitation for COVID-19 (2020) American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation

Cultivating Acute Care Rehabilitation Team Collaboration Using the Kawa Model (2019) The Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice

Efficacy of Home-Based Telerehabilitation vs In-Clinic Therapy for Adults After Stroke (2019) JAMA Neurology

In the Clinic®: Rheumatoid Arthritis (2019) Annals of Internal Medicine

Rehabilitation for people with multiple sclerosis: An overview of Cochrane systematic reviews (2019) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

2018 ACR/NPF Guideline for the Treatment of Psoriatic Arthritis (2018) Arthritis and Rheumatology

International Parkinson and movement disorder society evidence-based medicine review (2018) Movement Disorders

Occupational therapists and paramedics form a mutually beneficial alliance to reduce the pressure on hospitals (2018) British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Acute Brain Failure: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, Management, and Sequelae of Delirium (2017) Critical Care Clinics

Characteristics of therapeutic alliance in musculoskeletal physiotherapy and occupational therapy practice (2017) BMC Health Services Research

Dementia prevention, intervention, and care (2017) The Lancet

Disability in activities of daily living among adults with cancer (2017) Cancer Treatment Reviews

Early discharge hospital at home (2017) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Higher Hospital Spending on Occupational Therapy Is Associated with Lower Readmission Rates (2017) Medical Care Research and Review

Multiple system atrophy: Insights into a rare and debilitating movement disorder (2017) Nature Reviews Neurology

Nature based solution for improving mental health and well-being in urban areas (2017) Environmental Research

Point prevalence study of mobilization practices for acute respiratory failure patients in the United States (2017) Critical Care Medicine

Providing chronic pain management in the “Fifth Vital Sign” Era (2017) Drug and Alcohol Dependence

Psychological and psychosocial interventions for negative symptoms in psychosis: Systematic review and meta-analysis (2017) British Journal of Psychiatry

The customer is always right? Subjective target symptoms and treatment preferences in patients with psychosis (2017) European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience

2016 update of the EULAR recommendations for the management of early arthritis (2016) Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases

Effectiveness of Supporting Informal Caregivers of People with Dementia (2016) Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease

Effect of a task-oriented rehabilitation program on upper extremity recovery following motor stroke (2016) Journal of the American Medical Association

Effects of Action Observational Training Plus Brain-Computer Interface-Based Functional Electrical Stimulation on Paretic Arm Motor Recovery in Patient with Stroke (2016) Occupational Therapy International

Increasing the amount of usual rehabilitation improves activity after stroke (2016) Journal of Physiotherapy

Lewy body dementias: Dementia with lewy bodies and Parkinson disease dementia (2016) CONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology

Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy vs No Therapy in mild to moderate Parkinson disease (2016) JAMA Neurology

Rehabilitation for Parkinson’s Disease: Current outlook and future challenges (2016) Parkinsonism and Related Disorders

Rehabilitation of motor function after stroke (2016) Frontiers in Human Neuroscience

Weekly variation in health-care quality by day and time of admission (2016) The Lancet

A perioperative cost analysis comparing single-level minimally invasive and open transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (2015) Spine

Cancer rehabilitation and palliative care: critical components in the delivery of high-quality oncology services (2015) Supportive Care in Cancer

Characterizing the daily life, needs, and priorities of adults with autism spectrum disorder (2015) Autism

Complex regional pain syndrome: An optimistic perspective (2015) Neurology

Connectivity measures are robust biomarkers of cortical function and plasticity after stroke (2015) Brain

Effect of early rehabilitation during intensive care unit stay on functional status (2015) PLoS ONE

Functional electrical stimulation improves activity after stroke (2015) Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Geriatric assessment-guided care processes for older adults: A Delphi consensus of geriatric oncology experts (2015) Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

Goal setting and strategies to enhance goal pursuit for adults with acquired disability participating in rehabilitation (2015) Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Huntington Disease: Pathogenesis and Treatment (2015) Neurologic Clinics

Increased hospital-based physical rehabilitation and information provision after intensive care unit discharge (2015) JAMA Internal Medicine

Multidisciplinary biopsychosocial rehabilitation for chronic low back pain (2015) BMJ Open

Nonpharmacological interventions to reduce behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia (2015) BioMed Research International

OPTIMAL, an occupational therapy led self-management support programme for people with multimorbidity in primary care (2015) BMC Family Practice

Professional perspectives on service user and carer involvement in mental health care planning (2015) International Journal of Nursing Studies

Self-Management Support Interventions for Stroke Survivors: A Systematic Meta-Review (2015) PLoS One

The effect of multidisciplinary rehabilitation on brain structure and cognition in Huntington’s disease (2015) Brain and Behavior

The prevalence of potentially modifiable functional deficits and the subsequent use of occupational and physical therapy by older adults with cancer (2015) Journal of Geriatric Oncology

Therapeutic Strategies in Fragile X Syndrome (2015) Neurotherapeutics

Traumatic Brain Injury–Practice Based Evidence Study (2015) Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

What factors determine therapists’ acceptance of new technologies for rehabilitation-a study using the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) (2015) Disability and Rehabilitation

An integrated palliative and respiratory care service for patients with advanced disease and refractory breathlessness (2014) The Lancet Respiratory Medicine

A qualitative study exploring the usability of Nintendo Wii Fit among persons with multiple sclerosis (2014) Occupational Therapy International

A task-specific interactive game-based virtual reality rehabilitation system for patients with stroke (2014) Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation

Collaborative approach in the development of high-performance brain-computer interfaces for a neuroprosthetic arm (2014) Clinical and Translational Science

Cortical changes underlying balance recovery in patients with hemiplegic stroke (2014) NeuroImage

Efficacy of occupational therapy for patients with Parkinson’s disease (2014) The Lancet Neurology

EFNS/ENS Consensus on the diagnosis and management of chronic ataxias in adulthood (2014) European Journal of Neurology

Feasibility and safety of early combined cognitive and physical therapy for critically ill medical and surgical patients (2014) Intensive Care Medicine

Feasibility of high-repetition, task-specific training for individuals with upper-extremity paresis (2014) American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Improving functional disability and cognition in Parkinson’s disease (2014) Neurology

Interdisciplinary chronic pain management (2014) American Psychologist

Is a specialist breathlessness service more effective and cost-effective for patients with advanced cancer and their carers than standard care? (2014) BMC Medicine

Priority setting partnership to identify the top 10 research priorities for the management of Parkinson’s Disease (2014) BMJ Open

Stem cells as an emerging paradigm in stroke (2014) Stroke

Virtual reality for upper extremity rehabilitation in early stroke (2014) Clinical Rehabilitation

Complex regional pain syndrome: Practical diagnostic and treatment guidelines (2013) Pain Medicine

Exercise therapy improves mental and physical health in schizophrenia (2013) Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica

Interprofessional education accreditation standards in the USA (2013) Journal of Interprofessional Care



The Autism Managing Eating Aversions and Limited Variety Plan vs parent education (2019) The Journal of Pediatrics

A critical review of research on the ALERT Program® (2018) Journal of Occupational Therapy, Schools, and Early Intervention

Diagnosis and management of spinal muscular atrophy (2018) Neuromuscular Disorders

Evaluating the evidence for motor-based interventions in developmental coordination disorder (2018) Research in Developmental Disabilities

Occupation-Based Coaching by means of telehealth for families of young children with autism spectrum disorder (2018) The American Journal of Occupational Therapy

A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Intensive Multidisciplinary Intervention for Pediatric Feeding Disorders: How Standard Is the Standard of Care? (2017) Journal of Pediatrics

Autism Spectrum Disorder in Fragile X Syndrome (2017) Pediatrics

Cost Offset Associated With Early Start Denver Model for Children With Autism (2017) Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Disparities in diagnosis and treatment of autism in latino and non-latino white families (2017) Pediatrics

Management Strategies for CLN2 Disease (2017) Pediatric Neurology

Sleep in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (2017) Current Psychiatry Reports

Can children identify and achieve goals for intervention? (2016) Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Cognitive Orientation to (Daily) Occupational Performance intervention leads to improvements in impairments, activity and participation in children with Developmental Coordination Disorder (2016) Disability and Rehabilitation

PICU Up!: Impact of a Quality Improvement Intervention to Promote Early Mobilization in Critically Ill Children (2016) Pediatric Critical Care Medicine

Screening for autism spectrum disorder in young children (2016) JAMA – Journal of the American Medical Association

Toward an interdisciplinary approach to understanding sensory function in autism spectrum disorder (2016) Autism Research

Treatment of Dravet Syndrome (2016) Canadian Journal of Neurological Sciences

A systematic review of sensory processing interventions for children with autism spectrum disorders (2015) Autism

Developmental Outcomes of Early-Identified Children who are Hard of Hearing at 12 to 18 Months of Age (2015) Early Human Development

Intravenous bisphosphonate therapy of young children with osteogenesis imperfecta (2015) Journal of Bone and Mineral Research

Randomized controlled trial of web-based multimodal therapy for unilateral cerebral palsy to improve occupational performance (2015) Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology

Rehabilitation and neuroplasticity in children with unilateral cerebral palsy (2015) Nature Reviews Neurology

Systematic Review on Intensive Interdisciplinary Pain Treatment of Children With Chronic Pain (2015) Pediatrics

Upper limb robot-assisted therapy in cerebral palsy (2015) Neurorehabilitation and Neural Repair

An intervention for sensory difficulties in children with autism (2014) Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Feasibility of articulated arm mounted oculus rift virtual reality goggles for adjunctive pain control during OT in pediatric burn patients (2014) Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking

Patterns of sensory processing in children with an autism spectrum disorder (2014) Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders

PLAY project home consultation intervention program for young children with autism spectrum disorders (2014) Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics

Universal newborn screening for congenital CMV infection (2014) Reviews in Medical Virology


We hope this list makes you excited about the sheer volume of research out there! There are SO many new takeaways and clinical pearls emerging that will continue to help us become the best providers possible. We hope you consider joining us in the OT Potential Club as we stay up to date with new research, collectively discussing the findings as we strive to improve our care!

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