Dear Occupational Therapist,

We have developed a web-based resource collection to provide information about poverty, and interventions occupational therapists can use with clients who are experiencing poverty. We are seeking your feedback and recommendations about the content, usefulness, and value of the resource collection. We would also like to hear your perspectives about addressing poverty in your work. Based on the feedback received, we will revise the resource collection accordingly to better meet the needs of Canadian occupational therapists.

The resource collection can be found here:

https://www.caot.ca/site/pd/otn/povertynetwork?nav=sidebar

You are eligible to participate in this study if you:

1. Are a registered occupational therapist (OT) practicing in Canada, and

2. Have experience or an interest working with low-income clients or those living in poverty. 

Veuillez noter que même si les questions de l'enquête sont en anglais, vous avez le choix de répondre aux questions en français.

Here is the detailed information about the study that we ask you to review before agreeing to participate in the study.

Who is doing the study?
The study is being conducted by Farah Hameed, OT Reg. (Ont.) who is an occupational therapist. Farah is a master’s student in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto [160 – 500 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1V7]. She is carrying out this study as part of her program of study. Email: farah.hameed@mail.utoronto.ca.  The faculty supervisor for this project is Lynn Cockburn, PhD, OT Reg. (Ont.), who is Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto. You can reach her at 160 – 500 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1V7, by phone: 416-978-8541, or by email: l.cockburn@utoronto.ca 

There is no financial sponsor for this research.

The Purpose of This Study: 
We have developed a web-based resource collection to provide information about poverty, and interventions OTs can use with clients who are experiencing poverty. We are seeking your feedback and recommendations about the content, usefulness and value of the resource collection, and to further explore OT perspectives about addressing poverty in their work. The findings from this study will assist us in refining the resources in this collection.

Voluntary Participation:
Your participation in this study is voluntary. You may choose to decline or withdraw consent at any time, for any reason, without consequence. You can choose not to participate in this study by choosing not to follow the web-link and disregarding this email.

Description of Procedures:
If you decide to participate in this research study, you will complete an online survey. The survey will remain open for 2 weeks. We expect that the survey will take approximately 10 minutes.

The survey consists of questions about the resources. You will need to access and review the resource collection before completing the survey. The resource collection is found at:

https://www.caot.ca/site/pd/otn/povertynetwork?nav=sidebar
 
Possible Risks:
There are no expected risks from your participation in this research study. This survey is asking about your perspectives about working with people living in poverty.

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