Date of Award

Fall 12-2022

Document Type

MOT Group Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy


Rehabilitation Sciences

Research Coordinator

Christine Raber, PHD, OTR/L

Program Director

Barbara Warnock, DHSc, OTR/L



A pre-experimental, quantitative, descriptive study was completed to identify patterns of the problem-solving strategies used in the clinical reasoning process by master of occupational therapy students during level II fieldwork placement. The research team developed a survey including 7 demographic questions with 12 problem-solving strategy questions created around the concepts of: algorithm, heuristic, trial and error, and insight. The survey was created in SurveyMonkey and the link to the survey was sent to 3 master of occupational therapy programs. Only students who had completed level II fieldwork placement, prior to taking the national board certification exam, were included. Eleven occupational therapy students completed the survey. Survey results found the pattern of trial and error as the most used problem-solving strategy and heuristic as the least. Results of this study suggest further research exploring the gap in knowledge of the clinical reasoning use of occupational therapy students is needed.

Keywords: occupational therapy student, clinical reasoning, problem solving


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