Project description

Project Description

Date: May 24, 2018 

Full Project Title: Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World - The Role of Occupational Therapy

Principal Coordinating Researcher: Anita Hamilton
Principal Researcher: Merrolee Penman
Associate Researchers: Susan Burwash, Karen Jacobs, Sarah Bodell, Angela Hook, Marilyn Pattison, Ritchard Ledgerd.
Introduction: Online Technology for Occupational Therapy (OT4OT) is collaborating with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists (WFOT) to explore the role of occupational therapy in supporting well-being in a "Tech-Saturated World" (technology driven). This research is based on recent research reported by Pew Research Centre in their report titled "The Future of Well-Being in a Tech-Saturated World".  This topic has not previously been explored in occupational therapy.

Purpose: The purpose of this survey is to ask occupational therapy stakeholders their opinion on the role of occupational therapy in supporting well-being in a technology driven world so that we can build a shared understanding of the priorities for supporting skill development within the profession. 

Who should respond to the survey? Occupational therapy practitioners, assistants, managers of occupational therapy services, students, educators, and researchers are invited to respond to the survey, which is written in English.  Please respond in English.

Participant Experience: Participation is voluntary and it is estimated that the survey will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Risks and potential benefits: Three potential risks have been identified and managed:
1. The inconvenience of completing the survey, which may detract from other tasks required of the person. We believe that the benefits of the research outweigh the inconvenience of completing the survey.
2. Concern about being identified through open responses to the open comments sections of the survey. This risk is minimised by ensuring that any identifying data included in the open comments (e.g., institutional name(s), location, country) are removed prior to data analysis. IP addresses will not be collected. No identifying information will be reported at any point in the dissemination process.
3. Responding to the survey when English is not your first language may be challenging or seem not worthwhile. Please contact the research team for clarification of any questions that are difficult to understand.

Expected benefits to the wider community: The results of this study will provide OT4OT and WFOT with information about what role the respondents believe occupational therapy can play in promoting wellbeing in a technology driven world. The results may provide WFOT and OT4OT with important information about types of education that could benefit occupational therapy and consumers globally.  WFOT Member Organizations will be able to enact the recommendations locally.

Confidentiality: All survey data will be collected anonymously and stored in a password protected program, on a password-protected computer in a locked office. The data will be accessible only by the research team listed above. Data will be analysed and presented in aggregate form only. All data will be destroyed six years after any publication arising from this research project.

Dissemination of results: Results will be published in a report to WFOT, on the OT4OT website and Facebook page, and in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings.
Payments to participants: There is no payment or incentive to participate in this survey.

Amounts and sources of funding for the research: This research is not directly funded but in-kind support for administrative activities has been provided by the University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia and WFOT.

Right to withdraw: You can enter the survey by clicking on the link below labelled "Next". Once you have started the survey you can still choose to withdraw at any time by exiting the survey or closing the web browser. If you do this, all your responses will be deleted. All of your responses are saved when you complete the survey and press “submit”.

Contact details of researchers: Questions can be forwarded to the Principal Coordinating Researcher, Anita Hamilton: or the Principal Researcher, Merrolee Penman:

Complaints: If you have any complaints about the way this research project is being conducted you can raise them with the Principal Coordinating Researcher or with the World Federation of Occupational Therapists If you prefer an independent person, contact the Chairperson of the Human Research Ethics Committee at the University: (c/- the Research Ethics Officer, Office of Research, University of the Sunshine Coast, Maroochydore DC 4558; Telephone +61 07 5459 4574; email Please quote project number A/18/1102.

By clicking "Next" below you are implying that you give your consent to participating in the survey and understand that the data may be used in future research projects that are extensions of, or closely related to this project, or in the same general area of research.

The research team and the University of the Sunshine Coast appreciate your time and commitment to our research project and we look forward to sharing the results with you.