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We’ve been hearing about using apps in the clinic for a while now, and we wanted to know how many of you were using this new tech at work. In the latest 1-Minute Update poll, more than half of respondents say they use apps in the clinic (27% say they use them often, 26% say they use apps occasionally). We also found that about 30% of respondents do not use apps in the clinic, which seems to mirror what’s going on at a societal level with almost half of U.S. mobile phone users owning a smartphone.
It’s nice and all to know that so many of your colleagues are using apps on their phones and tablets with clients, but AOTA wants to be your resource for apps.
Today we’re announcing our apps for occupational therapy database. We’ve split the list up by practice area so you can quickly and easily find apps that you can use with your clients. Not only will you learn the name and description of great health and occupational therapy-related apps, but we also provide the price and a link to buy or download the app. Even better? We have apps for both Apple and Android devices!
Here’s a sneak peek:
Click here for AOTA's apps list!
We’re off to a good start with our apps list, but we need your help! Our list was developed based on recommendations from other occupational therapy practitioners, and we need your submissions to keep growing our apps list. If you know of an amazing app that your colleagues could use in the clinic, simply fill out this form and let us know about it.
A note: this great resource is for AOTA members only. Having access to resources like this is just one of the many great benefits of becoming a member. Read more about member benefits here.
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Thank you for doing this!! I know I've pulled from lists around the web, but the explanations of the applications are not always great. I can't wait until a list of good applications is build so I can utilize them in practice.
thankyou for doing this. I would welcome an AT site on OT connections. If I could hear case studies of using * app for * person having * difficulty with * results I would probably be less overwhelmed. I want to know about them and use them, but it is overwhelming to me. Another thing that would be helpful is being allowed to "try them out" before purchasing them- it is overwhelming enough for the geriatric population and I would love to know what people are using for medication reminders for instance.
Another thing that would help me. I often purchase things on amazon.com. I rely on feedback that other people leave on the product and whether it has 1 -2 -3 -4- or 5 stars overall to make my decision. thanks!
Hi, Moira. I hope you checked out what we have listed right now - there are already a lot of apps up there!
Meredith, in terms of trying out apps, that is not something AOTA could do, but sometimes the apps developer will have a free or lite version for testing before purchasing (you will see in our list that we tried to include a mix of free and paid apps). In terms of feedback, if you click the Get It Here link you will see star ratings and user reviews from users in the Android store and the iTunes store.
As part of our master's project, we have compiled a list of mental health apps that are useful for clients with co-occurring mental illness and substance abuse. If you are interested in this list, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I would be happy to send it to you. In addition, I have found this link to be very helpful:
Thanks Suzanne! I will send you an email.