Utility of the Occupation-Centered Intervention Assessment for Occupational Therapy Level I Fieldwork

  • Nora Frigo Creighton University
  • Emiliy Hanneman Creighton University
  • Adrianne Kashale Creighton University
  • Margaret Sutton Creighton University
  • Erin Wright Creighton University
  • Vanessa D Jewell Creighton University http://orcid.org/0000-0002-1267-6003
Keywords: clinical competence, fieldwork, occupational therapy, reflection, teaching


This study examined the utility of the Occupation-Centered Intervention Assessment (OCIA) among occupational therapy students and their perceptions of the use of an occupation-centered approach to design interventions during level I fieldwork. Twenty-five students completed training on the OCIA, used the tool on level 1 fieldwork, and then completed a post-test survey containing closed and open-ended questions. Content analysis was used to analyze open-ended questions. Descriptive statistics was used to analyze quantitative data. Overall, students (N = 25) found the OCIA to be a beneficial tool to utilize during fieldwork experiences to recognize and develop interventions from an occupation-centered approach. Currently the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and models of practice are the primary tools available for student reflection for intervention design. The findings of this study supported the need for a reflection tool to aide in the development and implementation of occupation-centered reasoning during fieldwork experiences.

Author Biographies

Nora Frigo, Creighton University
Nora Frigo is a current occupational therapy doctorate student at Creighton University.
Emiliy Hanneman, Creighton University
Emily Hanneman is a current occupational therapy doctorate student at Creighton University.
Adrianne Kashale, Creighton University
Adrianne Kashale is a current occupational therapy doctorate student at Creighton University.
Margaret Sutton, Creighton University
Margaret Sutton is a current occupational therapy doctorate student at Creighton University.
Erin Wright, Creighton University
Erin Wright is a current occupational therapy doctorate student at Creighton University.
Vanessa D Jewell, Creighton University
Vanessa D. Jewell, PhD, OTR/L is Assistant Professor and Program Director of the Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate Program at Creighton University.


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How to Cite
Frigo, N., Hanneman, E., Kashale, A., Sutton, M., Wright, E., & Jewell, V. (2019). Utility of the Occupation-Centered Intervention Assessment for Occupational Therapy Level I Fieldwork. International Journal of Practice-Based Learning in Health and Social Care, 7(1), 64-74. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.18552/ijpblhsc.v7i1.510
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