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The global pandemic heightened the importance of occupational therapy (OT) education programs to prepare students for telehealth practice. The objective was to examine the following research questions: 1. Does self-assessment of pediatric competency skills improve following participation in pediatric screenings? 2. Is there a difference in self-assessment of pediatric competency skills between those students who perform pediatric screenings via telehealth versus face-to-face? 3. What is the lived experience for students who perform telehealth and face-to-face pediatric screenings? A mixed method- quasi-experimental design and phenomenological tradition were employed. The study utilized online surveys, focus groups, telehealth screenings with an urban preschool, and face-to-face screenings at a Christian suburban preschool in the Midwest. Participants included forty-nine first year, Master of OT students at a private university. Students performed screenings using the ASQ-3 via telehealth or face-to-face formats. Outcomes measures included: Self-Assessment of Competency- Pediatric Screening (SAC-PS) survey, Pediatric Screening Experience Survey, and Focus Group Semi-Structured Interview Questions. No statistically significant differences were found on SAC-PS scores between formats, F (11, 49) = .661, p = .76, Ꞃ2 = .17. Post-screening scores were statistically significantly higher (M =48.95, SD = 4.02) than pre-screening (M =43.58, SD =4.69) for all students, F (11,49) = 36, p2= .58. Improvements from pre-to post-pediatric screenings were found for ten of eleven questions at the p
Katherine (Katie) S. Ryan-Bloomer, PhD, OTR/L is an associate professor of occupational therapy at Rockhurst University. Katie teaches lifespan, pediatrics in health, and scholarship courses. She has over 18 years of experience working with children in medically based settings. Katie works and performs research at a pediatric medical rehabilitation center.
Joan Ziegler Delahunt, OTD, MS, OTR/L is an associate professor of occupational therapy at Rockhurst University. She teaches assessment and intervention for adults and children. Joan serves as an OT at an urban early intervention preschool. Joan has over 23 years of experience serving children and adults in various settings.
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Ryan-Bloomer, K. S., & Delahunt, J. Z. (2022). Telehealth vs Face to Face Pediatric Screenings: A Pilot Study. Journal of Occupational Therapy Education, 6 (1). https://doi.org/10.26681/jote.2022.060108
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