The technological revolution, occupational therapy practice and research: How are we responding?

Reinie Cordier*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Technological innovation shapes our everyday life. Technology is ‘the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry … machinery and devices developed from scientific knowledge’ (Oxford English Dictionary, 2016a). Occupational therapists are concerned with those technologies that enable function and participation in everyday life. This includes technologies we would traditionally call ‘assistive’ – machinery, equipment and devices that enable physical components of tasks or roles to be independently or safely performed. It also includes information technology, ‘The study or use of systems (especially computers and telecommunications) for storing, retrieving, and sending information’ (Oxford English Dictionary, 2016b). It is information technology that is my focus for the first part of this Editorial.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)361-363
Number of pages3
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Volume63
Issue number6
Early online date15 Dec 2016
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

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