A List Of Outstanding Dissertation Writing Ideas About Occupational Therapy

Getting Started!

Congratulations on being at a point in your educational career where you're looking at starting your dissertation! But all this way through schooling and probably some hands on work and the field of occupational therapy looks so expensive. How do you start? We're going to help you! A simple list of ideas to bounce around or get your jet set on the topic that calls to you is the perfect way to get started. Use this list to narrow down your field of study or to spark that initial assignment or thesis and metamorphosing it into your dissertation.

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  1. The importance of accuracy in documenting improvement and recovery in patients.
  2. Visit the sector of occupational therapy that questions the validity of the evidence supporting improvement or recovery. This will offer an objective and realistic view that is the standard understanding of those just entering the needs of occupational therapy or parents new to the occupational therapy experience. As well as being objective look at, report and appropriately site the common statements that are the 'proof' of recovery. How are patients approached to reach this state of recovery and how would it have worked for other potential patients that were not chosen for the treatment or study?

  3. Motor skills focus on developing confidence in daily life.
  4. Again look at previously documented cases. The events of extreme limb loss such as the Navy diver who now speaks on his success in life based on how he can perform the same actions he did with prosthetics now as he did before the incident. Many people with disabilities find that their greatest accomplishments are in being able to care for themselves and having the basic abilities to perform motor function tasks. Should this be the primary focus of treatment on mentally stable patients?

  5. The Other Senses: Proprioceptive and Vestibular
  6. Using self-awareness and body awareness to develop improvement of past achievements. For many patients, a single achievement only brings them to the next challenge of integrating this newly gained ability into their daily life or treatment process. Why does body awareness and the internal understanding of body movement promote the continued success of improvement?

  7. Effects of social engagement and a close community on patients with mental degradation.
  8. This offers a wide area of study for you to explore and can be narrowed down to fit your particular interest. Explore mental degradation such as dementia and Alzheimer’s and use studies where these patients are and are not in social settings for a majority of the time. Do those not engaging in social activity degrade faster? Do those in communities form new, but lasting association patterns?

  9. Recovering addicts place in work opportunities.
  10. Much of the occupational therapy focus is on getting patients from any aspect of disability or struggle in daily activities to achieve a life of accomplishments and self-sustaining ability. Addicts or drug users recovering or otherwise often struggle in a more silent and mental way than many of the other patients you will see and treat. How do we assist in the recovering addict’s ability to overcome their mental strain and struggle? Is this more difficult to introduce them to the workplace as the many visual cues outward persons see aren't present?


Be aware of the level of focus your department or professor will place in their review of your thesis or assignment on patient attentiveness. Keep in mind the opportunities to contribute to the scientific community surrounding occupational therapy. Hopefully, this list gave some food for thought in planning your dissertation and will help you to begin your writing.