Introduction/Rationale Worldwide, most non-urban populations have higher disease and disability levels but less access to occupational therapy services, however, the global scope of occupational therapy services provided in non-urban areas remains unexplored. Objectives Complete a global synthesis of the evidence regarding the occupational therapy services provided in non-urban areas. Method /Approach Searches were conducted of MEDLINE ALL (Ovid), CINAHL Plus (EBSCOhost), Emcare (Ovid) and ProQuest (Nursing & Allied Health), to retrieve relevant articles in English, French, Portuguese, or Spanish from January 2010 – July 2020. Articles focused on services provided independently or as part of a team to people living in non-urban areas (regional, rural, remote), across all age ranges and health status. Location of the studies, location of publications, type of publication, method used, and the types of services provided were examined. Results /Practice Implications Preliminary results from all databases identified 1989 unique articles. 487 titles/abstracts (Medline & CINAHL) have been screened to date and 141 included for full-text review. The articles were published in English and Portuguese, covering nearly 20 countries. The majority of articles were published in occupational therapy journals. The types of articles ranged from opinion/case study, qualitative reviews, through to experimental trials. Service types include telehealth, community development, private practice, and hospital/community health. Conclusion The scoping review will provide clarity regarding the scope of occupational therapy services in non-urban areas. Educators and policy makers will use this information to plan curriculum and services that will support non-urban practitioners and communities.
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 23 Jun 2021|
|Event||Occupational Therapy Australia 29th National Conference and Exhibition - Online|
Duration: 23 Jun 2021 → 25 Jun 2021
|Conference||Occupational Therapy Australia 29th National Conference and Exhibition|
|Abbreviated title||Inspired insights for brighter futures|
|Period||23/06/21 → 25/06/21|