Anita Witt Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA
Orli Weisser-Pike, OTD, OTR/L, CLVT, SCLV, CAPS, FAOTA and Lindsey Adams, OD
The purpose of this CAT is to investigate therapeutic intervention and its effects for improving independence in occupational performance, overall health, quality of life, and mental health in adults over 40 with acquired low vision. This CAT contains nine peer-reviewed research articles from national journals. Study designs include one randomized controlled trial, seven systematic reviews, and one non-randomized controlled trial. All studies relate directly to the components of our evidence-based practice question and will be used to support further research on the optometry and occupational therapy collaboration. All of the articles specifically describe various interventions used in the low vision population within the scope of occupational therapy. The majority of studies showed benefits of OT with low vision clients, but the findings were not statistically significant. Further research is needed to address the limitations of previous studies and to investigate the effectiveness of OT interventions such as adaptive equipment education, home programs, ADL/IADL modifications, and mental health support. Goal attainment scaling could be implemented to monitor and document client progress and determine the effectiveness of OT collaborative models for individual clients.
Harrington, Zach; Crossett, Juliana; Carter, Carlie; Gooch, Baleigh; and Harris, Liberty , "Effects of Occupational Therapy Intervention in Low Vision" (2020). Master of Occupational Therapy Student Critically Appraised Topics. Paper 4. http://dx.doi.org/http://dx.doi.org/10.21007/chp.mot2.2020.0004.