Thinking OT

Thoughts from Harrison Training and the occupational therapy world

OT Blog Review

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Have a look over there, no, not there, right over there on the far side.

There is a section called Blogroll. 

What does that mean?

A Blogroll is a collection of Blogs that we at Harrison read and that we think you might want to read in addition to our own.

We have some criteria that we apply when considering which blogs to add.

  1. They need to be actively updated.  Blogs need to be updated on a reasonably regular basis, even if only once a month or so.  Anything which has not been updated for 4 months is unlikely to be on there. 
  2. They need to be relevant to you.  They might not all be purely about OT but will be connected to elements of the healthcare industry relevant to us.
  3. They need to be well written.  Thankfully I have not yet come across a poorly written healthcare blog yet, but if I do, it will not make it onto the role.

We hope that you will enjoy the other contributors to the OT debate that can be found within blogs around the world.  We also hope that other practitioners will feel compelled to start theie own blogs or offer to write a guest blog article here on ThinkingOT.

All of the other blogs have their own voice and style.  Here is a very quick review of the ones that are there and why they have been chosen.

ABC Therapeutics Blog  Chris Alterio writes this blog and does so very well.  He has a good ear for a story and is generous with his time and knowledge, sharing insights backed up with book references for your own further reading.  He has been blogging and using social media to build community and discussion for four years, as he points out in this article.  Top of the list, and deservedly so.

A Voice In The OT Wilderness is written by Allie Hafez and is currently exploring the challenges of having to observe her own mother going through OT.  It makes for compelling, and sometimes, painful reading.

(B)e(LO)n(G), OT is an enjoyable blog written by a newly qualified OT making the transition from student to professional.  Short, experience based articles.

HealthSkills is written by Bronwyn Thompson from New Zealand.  It has a wealth of information, primarily but not exclusively, about chronic pain management. 

OTBlogs is not, in fact, a blog at all.  Instead it is a colelction of blog article titles from several months ago, right up to date.  I am not sure what criteria they use but if you want a lot more from the OT and health care blog world, then start here.

Salford University Occupational Therapy Education Blog is perhaps my current favourite.  It is written here in the UK and regularly updated.  It shares the thoughts, trials and tribulations of the OT education team at Salford University.  As such it gives fascinating insights into academic management and also the hopes and aspirations of the educators and students alike.  We’re intrigued to see that the department has done some work in Romania, a country that is close to our own hearts and integral to our social responsibility commitments.

TechnOT is Anita Hamilton’s blog, from Canada, on how technology is impacting upon the world of OT and enabling clients and faciliting function.  Fascinating stuff about which Anita has a clear passion.

If there are other blogs that you think we, or our readers should be reading, then please do let us know in the comments.

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Written by harrisontraining

February 22, 2010 at 10:00 am

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  1. Thanks so much for including Healthskills in your post today! If there is anything you think I could cover that is relevant to chronic pain management, please let me know.
    cheers
    Bronnie

    adiemusfree

    February 22, 2010 at 7:55 pm

  2. Great list of OT blogs. I especially like (B)e(LO)n(G) OT and TechnoOT. The nice part is that all of these have their own specific perspective and voice.

    Thanks for sharing.
    -Brad (@spotonchicago)

    Brad Hogenmiller

    February 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

  3. […] a comment » In an earlier article I wrote a review of other OT blogs that we, here, at Harrison […]

  4. Hello
    Many thanks for including our blog in your blogroll – and for you supportive comments 😀

    Angela

    April 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

    • It’s a real pleasure. It would be good to have more UK based OT blogs to support and to really see this community thrive to benefit newly qualifieds and more experienced practitioners alike.

      harrisontraining

      April 20, 2010 at 3:31 pm

  5. Thank you for your very kind comments.

    Chris Alterio

    September 21, 2010 at 12:48 pm


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