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Research Priorities to Advance Full Participation in Meaningful Life Activities
AOTF announced research priorities in October 2015 to work toward its vision of having a vibrant science that builds knowledge to support effective, evidence-based occupational therapy. Future AOTF research initiatives will address.
Health behaviors to prevent and manage chronic conditions

Prevention and management of chronic conditions is a national goal for improved population health.  Programs that support positive health behaviors and decrease risk behaviors are needed to improve health outcomes.

Functional cognition

Functional cognition is a priority area for individuals with many health conditions and disabilities across the lifespan.  There is great need to develop measures and effective interventions for functional cognition.

Safety and injury prevention in home, clinical, and community settings

Safety and injury prevention is a priority area across the lifespan, in home, clinical, and community settings.  Many examples exist of areas in great need of more effective interventions and improved outcomes.

Technology and environmental supports in home and community

Technology and environmental supports is a priority area across the lifespan, in home, clinical, and community settings.  Many examples exist of areas in great need of more effective interventions and improved outcomes.

Development and transitions for individuals and families

Development and transitions is a priority area across the lifespan and in home and community settings.  There is a great need for more effective interventions and improved outcomes.

Emotional and physiological influences

Emotional and physiological influences on performance and participation is a research priority area across the lifespan, and in clinical, home and community settings.  There is a great need for more effective interventions to ameliorate the negative impact of these influences to improve health and well-being.

Family and caregiver needs

Addressing family and caregiver needs is a priority area across the lifespan, and in home and community settings.  There is a great need for more effective interventions and improved outcomes for this population

Health care experience: access, care coordination, utilization

Health care experience: access, care coordination, and utilization is a priority area across the lifespan, and in clinical and community settings.  There is a great need for more effective interventions to improve outcomes

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These research priorities emerged from a year-long process which included a comprehensive review of the strategic plans of federal agencies and major foundations, deliberations by the AOTF Scientific Advisory Council, and input from AOTF's key stakeholder groups