ERIC Number: EJ812055
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
Addressing Agricultural Issues in Health Care Education: An Occupational Therapy Curriculum Program Description
Smallfield, Stacy; Anderson, Angela J.
Journal of Rural Health, v24 n4 p369-374 Fall 2008
Context: Medical and allied health professionals who work in agricultural states frequently address the needs of clients who live and work in rural and frontier environments. The primary occupations of those living in rural areas include farming, ranching, or other agriculture-related work. Farming is consistently ranked as one of the most high-risk occupations for work-related injuries and accidents; therefore, it is critical that health education programs include content to prepare future medical and health professionals to work with this population. Purpose and Description: This paper describes the rural issues component of the occupational therapy curriculum at The University of South Dakota. This rural issues module is designed to provide occupational therapists with training about the physical, temporal, and sociocultural aspects of production agriculture and the impact these have on the health and well-being of the agricultural population. It also addresses the occupational therapy implications for farmers and ranchers who have disabilities. Student assessments of the course content have been above average. Conclusion: Training in agricultural health enables our occupational therapy students to be well prepared for work in the rural and frontier areas of South Dakota and other rural locations.
Descriptors: Accidents, Health Personnel, Course Content, Program Descriptions, Rural Areas, Occupational Therapy, College Curriculum, Agricultural Occupations, Agriculture, Allied Health Occupations, Allied Health Occupations Education, Rural Environment, Rural Population, Agricultural Production, Work Environment, Occupational Safety and Health, Injuries, Medical Services, Units of Study
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Dakota