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Physical, Speech, Rehabilitative, or Occupational Therapy Use Among Adults Aged 25–64, by Veteran Status: United States, 2019–2020
Describes the use of physical, speech, rehabilitative, or occupational therapy in the past 12 months by veteran status among adults aged 25-64. Includes data for large central metro, large fringe metro, medium and small metro, and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Peter Boersma, Robin A. Cohen
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Virginia's Occupational Therapy Workforce: 2020
An overview of the occupational therapist (OT) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Occupational Therapy Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of OTs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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Arizona Health Workforce Profile: Occupational Therapists
Offers an overview of the Occupational Therapy (OT) workforce in Arizona, comparing rural and non-rural areas based on 2021 National Plan and Provider Enumeration System data. Breaks down population and OT distribution in urban focused, large rural, small rural, and isolated small rural towns.
Author(s): B. Koch, S. Coates, C. Drake, D. Derksen
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Virginia's Occupational Therapy Assistant Workforce: 2020
An overview of the occupational therapy assistant (OTA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2020 Occupational Therapy Assistant Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of OTAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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National Program Helps Older Adults in Rural Maine and Hawaii Feel More CAPABLE
Highlights CAPABLE (Community Aging in Place—Advancing Better Living for Elders), a national model that connects low-income older adults with an occupational therapist, registered nurse, and home repair services. Features programs implemented in Hawaii and Maine based on this model.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Utah's Occupational Therapy Workforce, 2018: A Study on the Supply and Distribution of Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants in Utah
Analyzes Utah's occupational therapy (OT) workforce in 2017. Includes statistics on demographics, practice characteristics, rural and urban practice setting, and county-level information on the OT workforce compared to the county population. Discusses future needs, supply, and demand for OT workforce in Utah. Offers policy recommendations to strengthen the rural workforce.
Author(s): Andrew Salt
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Utah Medical Education Council
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Evaluation of a Potential New Health Sciences School at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke to Meet the Needs of the Region and State
Results of a study exploring the feasibility of establishing a School of Health Sciences and Health Care in Robeson County, a rural high-poverty area ranked among the worst for health outcomes in North Carolina in 2016. Features statistics on the North Carolina workforce and education programs in optometry, occupational therapy, nutrition and dietetics, as well as physician assistants and nurse practitioners.
Author(s): Julie C. Spero, Thomas J. Bacon, Evan M. Galloway, et al.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Rural Student Profiles
Profiles four health professions students who have used distance education to advance their careers and better serve their communities.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Home Health Payment Reform: Trends in the Supply of Rural Agencies and Availability of Home-Based Skilled Services
Reports on changes in the supply of home health agencies in rural and urban areas before and after the Balanced Budget Act (BBA) of 1997, which changed reimbursement for home health. Also looks at provision of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and medical social work by rural and urban home health agencies.
Author(s): Janet P. Sutton
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Multi-Discipline Licensure Resource Project
Provides current information on emergency regulations and licensing for occupational and physical therapists, psychologists, and social workers. Resources include state-specific information related to licensure, telehealth, and COVID-19, as well as online and phone support.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Provincial Psychology Boards (ASPPB)
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