V. Armineh Babikian

Armineh Babikian, an occupational therapist (OT) from New York City, discusses her 2017 volunteer experience in Armenia providing OT services in rural villages and engaging in capacity-building for newly mandated inclusive education. As a current PhD student, Babikian reflects on her approach using a critical social lens and discusses the implications of her North American training in Armenia.

Stephanie Reischl & Rochelle Furtado

Patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) capture treatment progress from the patient’s perspective. While patients should be involved in their development, often they are not. This article addresses benefits and barriers towards patient engagement, designing PROMs for capturing pain, and strategies on including patients in studies…all directly from a patient partner’s experience!

Natasha Benn

Within media platforms, healthcare, and social circles, the negative consequences of falls are emphasized and elicit a fear of falling (FOF). A study showed that older adults view fall-awareness media campaigns as detrimental and exacerbated their fear. If instead patient education was focused on independence and balance interventions, it could prevent the development of FOF.

Jessica Otoo-Appiah, Lizzie Houlding, Lauren Humphrey & Anonymous

When healthcare workers discuss the intersection of health and work, rehabilitation therapists are often not at the forefront of these conversations. However, unsafe workplaces affect our patients and communities. This article discusses the impact of precarious work on health and the rehabilitation sector’s role in changing it.

Summer Hart

The overrepresentation of individuals with mental illness in the criminal justice system has been well-documented, however, correctional services are often ill-equipped to address this topic. Through an exploration of relevant research, this article calls for an expanded role of occupational therapy within Mental Health Courts and elucidates what this re-envisioning can entail.

Valeriya Demydenko, Maria Gladkikh, & Alexandra Krassikova

Rehabilitation is an essential component of promoting quality of life and enabling individuals to meaningfully participate in all domains on life. However, rehabilitation services can be difficult to obtain and a large proportion of people are living with unmet rehabilitation needs. This article tells the story of a mother advocating on behalf of her young son living with a disability and the challenges they encounter navigating the rehabilitation system.