Vision of the future: occupational therapy and neurological vision impairment in New Zealand
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Neurological vision impairment (NVI) is a common issue after someone has had a stroke and can lead to debilitating difficulties with mobility and activities of daily living. There are indications in the literature that occupational therapy can have a significant role in the treatment/rehabilitation of but little is known how this is actually done in practice in New Zealand. The aim of the study was to find out how occupational therapists assess and treat for neurological vision impairment in people with acquired brain injury (ABI). A qualitative descriptive method was used to analyze the data of an online survey sent out through the New Zealand Occupational Therapy Association Special Interests Groups. Results indicate that New Zealand occupational therapists find the assessment and treatment of NVI an important part of their role but they tend to focus on using functional activities for assessment and treatment. they indicated that they value being part of a multi-disciplinary team, but that communication around NVI is not necessarily easy or effective. Occupational therapists indicate that they would value greater opportunities for education about NVI at both an undergraduate and postgraduate level.
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