Deborah Laliberte Rudman

Deborah Laliberte Rudman
The University of Western Ontario | UWO · School of Occupational Therapy

PhD

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Objective: The objective of this study was to identify essential aspects of exemplary post-discharge stroke rehabilitation as perceived by patients, care partners, rehabilitation providers, and administrators. Design: We carried out an exploratory qualitative, multiple case study. Stroke network representatives from four regions of the province...
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Background: Most older adults want to age in place, in their homes and communities. However, this can be challenging for many, frequently owing to lack of supports that allow for aging in place. Naturally occurring retirement community supportive services programs (NORC-SSPs) offer an approach to help older adults age in place. Although qualitative...
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Over the past 40 years, positive ageing discourses that speak to an expectation of continued productivity have gained prominence within research and policy. Such discourses have been critiqued as placing disproportionate value on the extension of older adults' working lives, while obscuring other valuable forms of work performed by older adults. De...
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Congregate living among older adults aims to enhance important aspects of well-being, such as sense of community and social engagement. Such settings, however, involve a complexity of social and power relations, and inclusion and exclusion along lines of occupation and place can occur. In this paper we develop a concept of contested occupation in p...
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Within the current demographic and political context, it is likely there will be increasing reliance on informal caregivers in the provision of care to older adults in Western nations. This critical interpretive synthesis explored how informal caregiving has been conceptualized and researched in the occupation-based literature. Five occupation-focu...
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Research aimed at identifying and evaluating approaches to homelessness has predominately focused on strategies for supporting tenancy sustainment. Fewer studies focus on strategies for enabling thriving following homelessness, and the perspectives of service providers and organisational leaders (SPOL) on this topic are rare. We conducted this stud...
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Purpose: To support primary care physicians (PCPs) and their patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA), we created a series of evidence-based whiteboard educational videos for patients with knee OA. In a previous study we piloted these videos with patients to understand their acceptability and impact. The purpose of this study was to explore PCPs' pe...
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Background: As stroke can result in functional impairments that impact driving ability, many jurisdictions mandate a 30-day period of driving restriction post-stroke. However, between 26% and 38% of clients drive against medical advice during this period. Purpose: Informed by critical reflexivity of the literature and the first author's practice, t...
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With an aging population, have federal and provincial governments acknowledged the diversity of the policy needs of older adults? This contribution analyzes administrative and policy documents across ministries to study the frequency and the depth of engagement involving older adults with a disability, older immigrants, and those living in poverty....
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Background: Naturally occurring retirement communities (NORCs), unplanned communities with a high proportion of older adult residents, offer a model to support older adults to age well in place. The aim of this paper is to provide a comprehensive description of the methods used to identify and engage NORCs appropriate for the development of suppor...
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Despite a recognition of religion as a resource for coping in later life, few studies have examined how religion is summoned to cope with the stressors of late-life immigration. Drawing upon data generated in a phenomenological study of the aging-out-place experience, this article presents a hermeneutic analysis of textual extracts addressing 10 Sr...
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Purpose: Studying humor in the rehabilitation professions is important given its positive effects on health and well-being. We conducted a scoping review to understand how the use of humor has been explored in the existing literature in four rehabilitation professions. The rehabilitation professions included audiology, speech-language pathology, p...
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Background: As social and health inequalities deepen around the world, scholarship in occupational therapy and occupational science has increasingly emphasised the role of occupation as a powerful tool in transformative processes. Objective: To explore how opportunities for everyday doing together may contribute to processes of social transforma...
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BACKGROUND The majority of older adults want to age in place, in their homes and communities. However, this can be challenging for many, frequently due to a lack of supports that allow for aging-in-place. Naturally occurring retirement community supportive services programs (NORC-SSPs) offer one approach to help older adults age in place. While qua...
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Background Most older adults want to age in place, in their homes and communities. However, this can be challenging for many, frequently owing to lack of supports that allow for aging in place. Naturally occurring retirement community supportive services programs (NORC-SSPs) offer an approach to help older adults age in place. Although qualitative...
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Age-related vision loss (ARVL) has been shown to interfere with older adults’ occupational engagement. The primary purpose was to examine the role social networks play in facilitating/constraining engagement in desired occupations for older adults with ARVL. This study adopted a constructivist narrative methodology. Five older adults, ≥ 60 years of...
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Occupation-based scholars are striving to mobilize socially responsive scholarship to address occupational injustices from local to global scales. Moving forward involves expanding beyond Western, Anglophonic, female, able-bodied, adult perspectives on occupation, with critically informed participatory methodologies providing one key means to incor...
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Immigrating and aging in a foreign environment, or aging out-of-place, is part of the late-life experience for a growing number of older adults. Examining how everyday occupations are part of late-life immigrants’ relationships to multiple places, cultures, and identities can expand upon scholarship addressing immigration in occupational science. T...
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Engaging in human occupation is complex, often involving commonplace practices that cannot be readily articulated. Accordingly, a growing number of occupational science and occupational therapy scholars have called for expanded qualitative methodologies and methods to support enhanced understandings of occupation in context. In this paper we respon...
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Aims Many older adults with Parkinson’s disease experience challenges negotiating identity, often with negative implications for wellbeing. This study explores how older adults with Parkinson’s disease negotiate identity post-diagnosis, specifically addressing how they recount their management of identity and its impact on their occupational engage...
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Low vision assistive devices are often positioned as enabling continued social participation and engagement by older adults in everyday activities; however, previous research suggests that the use of such technologies is restricted by various environmental factors. With little attention previously paid to the discursive environment, this critical d...
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As occupation-focused discussions and applications of critical theoretical perspectives increase, attention must also be paid to how different spaces of knowledge dissemination, exchange, and production support critically informed learning and knowing about occupation. This paper presents the reflections of a group of international scholars and lec...
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While unhoused, persons who have experienced homelessness are frequently consumed with securing the necessary conditions to meet their basic needs including finding a place to stay for the night, finding food, and keeping safe. It is frequently assumed that when individuals secure a tenancy following homelessness, that their life naturally improves...
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There have been marked policy shifts within many nations towards ‘extended work lives’, with such shifts often underpinned by an assumption that individual aging citizens can make the responsible choice to prolong work and thereby avoid dependency on the state. However, possibilities for extended work lives are inequitably distributed, and older wo...
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Background Given the sociopolitical roots of widening occupational, social, and health inequities, it is imperative that occupational therapy move forward in mobilizing occupation for social transformation. Purpose Three key aims are addressed: articulating the imperative to mobilize occupation for social transformation; highlighting the political...
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European civic integration programmes claim to provide newcomers with necessary tools for successful participation. Simultaneously, these programmes have been criticised for being restrictive, market-driven and for working towards an implicit goal of limiting migration. Authors have questioned how these programmes discursively construct an offensiv...
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This paper contributes to diversifying and situating understandings of occupational injustices through presenting findings from the knowledge generation phase of a participatory action research (PAR) project that utilized participatory filmmaking with children with disabilities in rural South India as co-researchers. Centering on situations of occu...
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Purpose To optimize non-operative management and decision making surrounding TKR we created educational whiteboard videos for patients with knee OA. The purpose of this study was to pilot our educational videos with end-users (patients) to determine patients’ experiences and perspectives regarding the content and clarity of videos and to better und...
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This paper aims to contribute to more comprehensive understandings of occupation by: 1) conceptualizing gendered occupation as a theoretical tool to aid scholars in unpacking the gendered and politicized nature of occupation, and 2) sharing findings from the first author’s critical decolonizing ethnographic dissertation research in Tanzania to illu...
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In response to calls for challenging coloniality and imperialism within occupational science, this paper outlines central tenets of decolonial theory and decolonizing methodological approaches to illustrate their relevance to transformative occupation-based research. Through describing the first-author’s dissertation work enacted in Tanzania, we il...
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The 2008 recession had long-lasting economic effects that made everyday experiences of precarity more prevalent in many countries. Within a broader neoliberal context, however, the prevalence of precarity and its social production tends to be obscured, leading to a need for actions aimed at enhancing social awareness and informing social change. In...
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Background and objectives: With the global population aging, there is demand for older adults to age in place, that is, to live and age well in their home and community with some level of independence. Community-based housing models exist and may support this process. This scoping review aimed to describe and synthesize the ways in which community...
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Inquiries that rely on temporal framings to demarcate long-term unemployment risk generating partial understandings and grounding unrealistic policy solutions. In contrast, this four-phase two-context study aimed to generate complex understandings of post-recession long-term unemployment in North America. Grounded in a critical occupational perspec...
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Purpose: Assistive technologies and digitalization of services are promoted through health policy as key means to manage community care obligations efficiently, and to enable older community care recipients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia (D) to remain at home for longer. The overall aim of this paper is to explore how community...
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A community-based participatory research design informed the development and conduct of a needs assessment with street-level sex workers within a mid-sized city in Ontario, Canada. The research question was: What would help street-level sex workers to live with enhanced safety and dignity within their community? Twenty-four women who accessed a pee...
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Background As front-line service providers who often work in systems regulated by governmental bodies, occupational therapists can be conceptualized as “street-level bureaucrats” (Lipsky, 1980/2010) who effect and are affected by policy. Purpose Drawing on understandings from a study of long-term unemployment, this article proposes that occupation...
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Research with older adults aging with vision loss has typically been informed by a biomedical theoretical framework. With a growing focus, however, on critical disability perspectives, which locates disability within the environment, new methods of data collection, such as participant observation, are needed. This article, which reports on the find...
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Children with disabilities often experience exclusion within their communities, and this exclusion can extend into research processes. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, however, emphasizes that children of all abilities need to be involved as decision makers in matters affecting them. This article provides an in-depth descri...
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Statement of context: Despite recognition of the potential of occupation for enacting social transformation, occupational therapy continues to struggle in developing and enacting practice approaches that address sociopolitical barriers to people’s right to engage in occupations. Critical reflection on practice: Ways of thinking and writing about pr...
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Background and objectives: Given population aging, the meaningful involvement of older adults in influencing policy and programs through participatory action research (PAR) is increasingly vital. PAR holds promise for equitable participation, co-learning, community mobilization, and personal and social transformation, however, little scholarly att...
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Purpose: There is a pressing need to develop strategies to keep older adults safe, active and engaged in the community. The Oasis Seniors Supportive Living program is an innovative seniors-driven model of aging in place (AIP) that has been running successfully for 10 years in an apartment building in Kingston Ontario. This model integrates health a...
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There are a growing number of older adults with age-related vision loss (ARVL) for whom technology holds promise in supporting their engagement in daily activities. Despite the growing presence of technologies intended to support older adults with ARVL, there remains high rates of abandonment. This phenomenon of technology abandonment may be partly...
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Introduction: Implementation of the Canadian Stroke Best Practice Recommendations has improved inpatient rehabilitation. As attention is turned to the design and allocation of rehabilitation after hospitalization, examination of their implications for post-discharge rehabilitation could help optimize service planning Methods: Critical discourse ana...
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Purpose/Rationale: With an aging population, there is a pressing need to develop strategies to help older adults stay safe, active and engaged in their communities, and live where they choose. The Oasis Senior Supporting Living program is a model of active aging-in-place created by seniors to respond to the needs of residents of a specific apartme...
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Initiating Participatory Action Research with Older Adults: Lessons Learned through Reflexivity—ERRATUM - Carri Hand, Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Colleen McGrath, Catherine Donnelly, Michele Sands
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RÉSUMÉ La recherche-action participative (RAP) apporte une perspective intéressante pour la recherche abordant l’exclusion et l’inclusion sociale des personnes âgées. Les exemples et réflexions sur la RAP impliquant des personnes âgées sont rares, en particulier à l’étape de l’initiation de la recherche, lorsque l’action participative cyclique est...
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Introduction and objectives: Participation in meaningful activities has psychological, physical, social and cognitive benefits for older adults living in continuing care homes. The subjective experiences of the process of participation for cognitively competent older adults living in a continuing care home and how personal and environmental feature...
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Background. Globally, occupational therapists are taking up the transformative potential of occupation to mobilize the profession’s commitment to social change. Purpose. This study examined ideal constructions of occupation-based social transformative practices and challenges that may arise when enacting these practices. Method. Five participants w...
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This article provides a reflection on the 2017 Occupational Science Europe conference through a critical occupational science lens. I first provide a synopsis of lines of arguments forwarded in a keynote talk I delivered at this conference, titled ‘Embracing a critical turn in occupational science: Contributions and future possibilities’. I then dr...
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Within research addressing issues of social justice, there is a growing uptake of participatory action research (PAR) approaches that are ideally committed to equitable participation of community members in all phases of the research process in order to collaboratively enact social transformation. However, the utilization of such approaches has not...
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Occupational therapy is underpinned by the premise that engagement in occupation is fundamental to health and well-being. Through occupations, people are able to orchestrate their lives in ways that enable them not only to survive, but also to experience human flourishing. Through occupation, people can develop and maintain their families, neighbou...
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Background: Advances in surgical techniques combined with multimodal analgesia and early rehabilitation have potentiated early mobilization in patients undergoing total hip arthroplasty (THA). Given an increasing push from patients to accelerate recovery and health care budgetary limitations, there has been growing interest in the implementation o...
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Within research on ageing in neighbourhoods, older adults are often positioned as impacted by neighbourhood features; their impact on neighbourhoods is less often considered. Drawing on a study exploring how person and place transact to shape older adults’ social connectedness, inclusion and engagement in neighbourhoods, this paper explores how old...
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This paper addresses the need for methodological expansions that enable critical examination of the situated nature of occupation and enact transformative research agendas. Participatory digital methodologies offer a potential way forward given their critical underpinnings and have been proposed as particularly appropriate to facilitate engagement...
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This paper responds to the call for occupational scientists to advance understandings of occupation beyond a Western paradigm by considering the implications of drawing upon Africana womanism as a theoretical underpinning to explore gendered occupation. The uptake of Africana Womanist theory can challenge taken-for-granted assumptions tacitly embed...
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Occupational science has made tremendous strides in establishing a theoretical and empirical knowledge base grounded in the study of occupation. Yet given its origins in occupational therapy, a health profession aimed at enhancing health and well-being through engagement in meaningful and purposeful occupation, there has been sustained focus on the...
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Occupational science has made tremendous strides in establishing a theoretical and empirical knowledge base grounded in the study of occupation. Yet given its origins in occupational therapy, a health profession aimed at enhancing health and well-being through engagement in meaningful and purposeful occupation, there has been sustained focus on the...
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Complex social issues, sometimes referred to as ‘wicked problems’, influence the conditions of everyday life and the occupations these conditions afford, which are key determinants of health and well-being. Education is an important arena through which social transformation of oppressive conditions can be promoted and enacted. At the same time, int...
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Positive ageing discourses have proliferated in Western nations, forming key aspects of structured mandates for how to think about, and act towards, ageing bodies. As interpretive resources, positive ageing discourses shape how adults growing older think about themselves, their bodies and the bodies of others in relation to the process of ageing an...
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Background: Calls for embracing the potential and responsibility of occupational therapy to address socio-political conditions that perpetuate occupational injustices have materialized in the literature. However, to reach beyond traditional frameworks informing practices, this social agenda requires the incorporation of diverse epistemological and...
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Background: Calls for embracing the potential and responsibility of occupational therapy to address socio-political conditions that perpetuate occupational injustices have materialized in the literature. However, to reach beyond traditional frameworks informing practices, this social agenda requires the incorporation of diverse epistemological and...
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Although high school graduation is important for living conditions and health throughout life, many students do not complete. In Norway’s northern most county, Finnmark, up to 45% of students do not complete high school. Contrary to prior research that has primarily focused on causes for dropout, this study’s aim was to deepen understanding of fact...
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Objectives Individuals living with young-onset Parkinson’s disease compose a rare subtype of a disease typically associated with older age. Situated within a large grounded theory study exploring information behavior, this paper describes the core category of the theory, i.e. uncertainty. Methods Data were collected with 39 individuals living with...
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Population aging and longevity in the context of declining social commitments, raises concerns about disadvantage and widening inequality in late life. This paper explores the concept of precarity as a means to understand new and sustained forms of risk and insecurity that affect late life. The article begins with a review of the definition and use...
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Introduction Although it is accepted that individuals with Parkinson’s disease must navigate challenges such as receiving their diagnosis and changing daily occupations, little is known about how they navigate. The purpose of this study is to deepen the current understanding of the experience of living with Parkinson’s disease and its implications...
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Background: The occupational justice framework was established in the late 1990s with an agenda to spur occupational therapists to take action against injustices pertaining to occupation. Methods: A critical interpretive synthesis of 23 texts was undertaken to examine how the occupational justice framework has been utilised in research, with a p...
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Programme for the 2nd Think Tank for Occupation-Based Social Transformation
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Calls to ‘transcend the individual’ in occupational science have emerged in recognition of the boundaries of individualistic perspectives and the drive to develop a socially responsive science. In this article, we contend that transcending the individual does not equate to neglecting how individuals make sense of and experience occupation; rather,...
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More than 100 people have graduated with occupational science doctoral degrees in North America. Accordingly, there is a body of work that can be examined to assess what qualities have characterized doctoral-level occupational science inquiry to-date. In this preliminary study, we performed a directed content analysis of 101 dissertation abstracts...
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Although Black individuals are disproportionately affected by hypertension as evidenced by higher prevalence and lower control rates, few studies have investigated this disparity from the lens of those most affected by this condition. This chapter explores how Black men make sense of their hypertension and how they negotiate this condition within t...
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Drawing on interview and focus group data, this article explores research undertaken as part of a larger research project exploring precarity in the nonprofit employment services sector in a mid-sized Canadian city. We critically survey major legislative changes to Canadian employment and income security policies and programs, including the restruc...
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Western economies increasingly promote extended formal labour force engagement across the lifespan. Older workers – persons aged 50 and older – are induced to continue working through policy changes such as increasing age thresholds for pension eligibility or financial penalties for early workforce exit. Such measures presume people’s abilities to...
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OPEN ACCESS. ARTICLE AVAILABLE AT http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/1609406917714161 Scholars within critical qualitative inquiry and health sciences are becoming increasingly interested in transformative scholarship as a means to pursue greater justice in society. However, transformative scholarship has been taken up within frameworks t...
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Background: Perspectives that individualize occupation are poorly aligned with socially responsive and transformative occupation-focused research, education, and practice. Their predominant use in occupational therapy risks the perpetuation, rather than resolution, of occupational inequities. Aim: In this paper, we problematize taken-for-granted in...
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Purpose: Research exploring how places shape and interact with the lives of aging adults must be grounded in the places where aging adults live and participate. Combined participatory geospatial and qualitative methods have the potential to illuminate the complex processes enacted between person and place to create much-needed knowledge in this are...
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Occupational therapists and occupational scientists are committed to generating and using knowledge about occupation, but Western middle-class social norms regarding particular ways of doing have limited explorations of survival occupations. This article provides empirical evidence of the ways in which resource seeking constitutes an occupational r...
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Purpose of the study: Given the policy shifts toward extended work lives, it is critically important to address barriers that older workers may face in attaining and maintaining satisfactory work. This article presents a scoping review of research addressing ageism and its implications for the employment experiences and opportunities of older work...
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Purpose Research exploring how places shape and interact with the lives of aging adults must be grounded in the places where aging adults live and participate. Combined participatory geospatial and qualitative methods have the potential to illuminate the complex processes enacted between person and place to create much-needed knowledge in this area...
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RÉSUMÉ À ce jour, l’attention portée aux causes environnementales d’infirmité parmi les personnes âgées ayant une perte de vision liée à l’âge a été limitée. Cette étude ethnographique critique visait à révéler les façons dont les barrières environnementales ont produit ou perpétué l’invalidité chez 10 personnes âgées atteintes de PVLA. Une version...