Below you will find the research poster my colleague Kristin Jones, OTR/L and myself presented at the American OT Association’s annual conference and the Washington OT Conference. We also presented a version of this research at the World Federation of Occupational Therapy Conference in 2014.
This independently conducted qualitative research study was inspired by my experiences as a patient participating in rheumatoid arthritis-specific Facebook groups. Over time it became apparent how relevant the discussions were to occupational therapy’s unique domain. I observed that people used these groups to share their personal stories, provide and gain personal support, and share advice/ideas about how to perform activities of daily living with the least amount of pain possible. In order to objectively assess the communication content, my friend and colleague Kristin Jones and I performed the data analysis seen below in the “data overview” section. We are now brainstorming practical applications for this research – stay tuned for more!