Occupational Therapy

Guide to research in the area of occupational therapy. Also helpful for the areas of physical therapy, nursing, health, physiology and kinesiology.

Explore a Topic

There are a myriad of OT topics to explore.

You may wish to browse through these websites for ideas:


Read your assignment carefully:
  • Understand the requirements, limitations or freedom of your topic choices.
If you have a choice, select a topic that interests you personally:
  • have you recently come across a video, news report, interview or photograph that made you angry, excited, upset, hopeful or stirred your curiosity? 
  • do you have a strong opinion about a current social or medical issue, an injustice, a new cultural or technological phenomenon?
  • do you or a family member or a friend have a problem or a unique experience that you would like to dig deeper to understand?
  • what perplexes, fascinates, worries or gives you hope about the future?
  • what events or trends or people from history are most unfamiliar to you?
  • is there a topic from your textbook or class lecture that you want to further explore?

Is your topic....
  • Debatable? (are there likely other points of views that exist?)

  • Plausible? (there is likely valid evidence to support it)

  • Consequential? (the outcome or conversation about this topic is worthwhile or significant)

Possible Topic Ideas

Explore some of the following:
  • Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
  • Amputations
  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Assistive Technology
  • Ataxia
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Autism
  • Brain injury
  • Burns
  • Cardiopulmonary Conditions
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Community Mobility and Driving
  • Diabetes
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s
  • Developmental delay
  • Down's Syndrome
  • Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Dyspraxia / Developmental Coordination Disorder
  • Early Childhood Intervention
  • Education of OTs and OTAs
  • Ethics
  • Geriatrics/Productive Aging
  • Hand and Upper Extremity
  • Heart attack
  • Hip or knee replacements
  • Home Accessibility/Environmental Modification
  • Huntington’s Disease
  • Intellectual Disabilities
  • Learning difficulties
  • Mental Health and Depression
  • Military Rehabilitation
  • Motor Neurone Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Musculoskeletal Impairments
  • Orthopaedics (trauma)
  • Parkinson’s Disease
  • Physical Agent Modalities
  • Scar management
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal cord injury
  • Stroke
  • Surgical repairs or trauma to tendons, ligaments, joints, fractures
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Vision
  • Wound Management