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Started January 1999

Activity Analysis in Therapeutic Recreation

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While the previous comments are dated, they are still troubling. Perhaps it is not a representative sample. All university TR/RT programs should be teaching activity analysis. It has been in our literature for at least 30 years. It is the critical step between client goals and activity selection. How else will you know that an activity has the potential to effect a specific outcome if you don't analyze its functional/behavioral requirements for participation? See D. Austin's Therapeutic Recreation Processes and Techniques for a good explanation of this concept/skill. Activity analysis is missing from our Standards for Practice. The Treatment Planning standard should indicate the need to perform an activity analysis as a prerequisite for activity selection. Without this step (analysis and selection and modifications as needed), it appears we make some intuitive or "obvious" leap from identifying goals and outcomes to implementation.
Posted by anonymous
Saturday, January 09, 2010 at 16:17:59 (CST), IP Address: 98239143147

Activity Analysis should be done by the TRS only these outside surveyors doing activity analysis is a big waste of time with invalid unreliable non TR evaluation tools is unreliable.
Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 11:48:17 (CDT)

I have heard from several people at several institutions that different people or different quality assurance consultants have come in and do activity analysis and have gotten all different responses depending on the surveyor or the survey questions. in my eyes its been totally invalid. sometimes scores high sometimes low. first the questions seemed biased.then the surveyors were staff on the unit. then the data collection was low and not given consistently to everyone. it seemed patients were selected. now there are outside consultants coming in charging big bucks to make pretty charts. and forget about reviewing it with the staff, no one even understands them.we seem to be changing things around to save money instead of for the well being of patients.all it seems to amount to is that administration wants staff to do more and more. its seems like institutions are spending alot of money and time on responding to surveys and surveyors or researchers instead of patient care these days. its really a shame. patients complain about not getting enough treatment time. when are they going to get it that patients needs change and new patients come in all the time so therapists have to modify programs to patient needs all the time. I think TR specialist should only be allowed to audit TR programs with their own evaluation tools. A Doctoral TR specialist if anyone should come in consult if anyone and use reliable and valid TR evaluation tools. We are all trained to do evaluations of our own programs in an unbiased and trustworthy way. so why can't we just do our own like we use too. I also think there should be an TR specialist on the joint commission staff. The joint commission survey this year will to be a beauty contest to see who has the best cosmetic survey and the results must look good too if you are to pass.... and in the meantime the survey test is invalid and unreliable. And most of all a big waste of patient care time. Hey, maybe we are doing our own joint commission surveys. I say joint commission should do the surveying and leave the patient care up to staff. There is a staff shortage as it is.
Sunday, May 26, 2002 at 11:07:05 (CDT)
Please show an example of an activity analtsis survey
Saturday, May 04, 2002 at 17:50:48 (CDT)
We use activity analysis in providing Recreation Therapy for at risk kids. Activity analysis is a must for anyone providing TR services. I believe that activity analysis is used in the wrong way by many professioanls. Many times only the physical aspects of an activity is looked at, however social, emotioanl and cognitive aspects are as equally or even more important considerations.
Bill Garrison
Thursday, January 17, 2002 at 11:04:44 (CST)
Monday, May 28, 2001 at 18:50:47 (CDT)
Bingo is King: I learned that this game involves all of the senses, motor skills and cognitive abilities. It should be an essay question on the NCTRC exam.
Saturday, January 20, 2001 at 00:57:28 (CST)
using it with my acute unit (developmental center
jennifer bush
Sunday, October 01, 2000 at 03:04:54 (CDT)
Well i am an Occupational Therapy Student(OTAS) and we use Activity Analysis as a part of our everyday jobs. Matter of fact we are in the class now learning the process and how to get all you can out of an Ax Analysis. It really works and it is so helpful!!
Wednesday, June 07, 2000 at 21:38:10 (CDT)
surveyor in LTC reviewing nursing, assisted living and residential care facilities. I worked in direct service as a recreation therapist and a consultant for 15 years before joining the state. The quality of activitiy services I have observed since surveying has been spread across the continuum from very poor to good. The largest area in programming that is in need of improving is providing services to cognitively impaired residents. More activity analysis and thoughtful programming needs to occur in order to provide a successful and beneficial opportunity to the residents. If we want RT's to gain more repect in the provider arena and with surveyors, especially non-RT surveyors, the quality of service for this population needs to improve. Special care units are a perfect example of where the success of a recreation therapy program will be the basis for managing behaviors and providing excellent qulaity of life and care for the resident's we serve.
Tuesday, June 01, 1999 at 12:00:24 (CDT)
Not using any professional activity analysis at my facility.
Tuesday, March 23, 1999 at 18:42:33 (CST)


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