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Patricia Scott, IUPUI Translational Scholar

Featured Scholar : Patricia Scott, PhD, MPH, OT, FAOTA

Associate Professor, Occupational Therapy
IU School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
ude[dot]iupui[at]pttocs


Participation in valued social roles: Seemingly simple on the surface.

Roles are sets of activities performed in a routine way, for example, work, friendship, volunteerism, hobbyist, or maintaining a home. The roles we participate in structure our lives, and govern the way we see ourselves and others see us. As life moves forward we develop habits and routines that enable us to meet the expectations of these various roles. Roles are the ‘how’ of social participation. Human beings we are social in nature, and make choices based on our interests and values. Through this social interaction we identify ourselves through roles, ‘I am a student at IUPUI’, ‘this is my sister Joanne’, and ‘David is an engineer who works with my brother-in-law’.

As an occupational therapist, Dr. Scott treated people with problems stemming, in part, from lack of participation in valued roles. Many of these people have trouble with role identification. It is socially awkward to say, ‘this is my brother who just got out of prison’, and ‘I cannot work because I have schizophrenia ’, or ‘I cannot attend because I lost my license for driving drunk’.

In 1997, Dr. Scott's own role identification was threatened. She was told her 20-year course of autoimmune hepatitis caused irreversible cirrhosis, and the only option was liver transplantation. She did not want to take on the role of a patient or a ‘sick’ person, and importantly she did not know how. She scoured the research literature for information that would help her understand what her life would be like during and after transplantation. She found very little. There is extensive evidence about the life saving aspects of transplantation, however, little to assist those individuals who struggle to return to life as they knew it before transplantations. And life after transplantation IS different. Aside from her own situation, as an occupational therapist, she realized if she had this problem, many others likely did also. She has since devoted herself to a research career with the goal of increasing the number of individuals who have access to information and health care services such that they can return to full meaningful participation in life post-transplant. Phase I, revealed that post-transplant participation in a higher number of valued roles as measured by the Role Checklist, is significantly associated with higher SF-36 scores. Phase II is a longitudinal study, measuring timing of return to activities of daily living and valued roles at 15 points over the first 2 years post-transplant. Phase III moved her work into determining the best interventions to support individuals struggling to resume meaningful life participation after transplantation. Her presentations and publications caught the work of colleagues.

Ironically, it was the innovative use, and modification of the Role Checklist, a long standing tool used by occupational therapists, which catapulted her work into the international spotlight. In 2012 she established a formal collaboration with International colleagues and now, in Version 3 of the Role Checklist, with tested translation guidelines and international cross-cultural validation studies in place, her aspiration to establish the first globally accepted measure of participation appears closer than ever.

Dr. Scott's work to enable more individuals to engage in full participation in society, not only following liver transplantation but through establish a cross-culturally valid role participation tool, is another example of how IUPUI's faculty members are TRANSLATING their RESEARCH INTO PRACTICE.

Selected Publications in IUPUI ScholarWorks

With over fourteen research works contributed to IUPUI's free, open access repository, Dr. Scott has made translational research knowledge available to health professionals, researchers, students and patients around the world.

Crabtree, J., Scott, P., & Kuo, F. (2016). Peer Observation and Evaluation Tool (POET): A Formative Peer Review Supporting Scholarly Teaching. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4(3). Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11178

Meidert, U., Scott, P. J., Bonsaksen, T., & Fenger, K. (2016). The Modified Role Checklist as a cross-culturally valid measure of participation? Presented at the COTEC-ENOTHE Congress, Galway, Ireland. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11179

Bonsaksen, T., Meidert, U., Schuman, D., Kvarsnes, H., Haglund, L., Prior, S., … Scott, P. (2015). Does the Role Checklist Measure Occupational Participation? The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 3(3). Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11177

Bonsaksen, T., & Scott, P. J. (2015). Clinical Applications of the Role Checklist Version 2: Quality of Performance. Presented at the 4th International Institute on the Model of Human Occupation, Indianapolis, IN. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11181

Nakamura-Thomas, H., Van Antwerp, L. R., Ikiugu, M. N., Scott, P. J., & Bonsaksen, T. (2015). The 4th International MOHO Institute: Summary and Reflections. Ergoterapeuten, (6), 62–67. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11180

Scott, P. J., Bonsaksen, T., Forsyth, K., Haglund, L., & Yamada, T. (2014). Establishing Cross-cultural Validity of the Role Checklist Version 2: Quality of Performance. Presented at the 16th World Congress of Occupational Therapy. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11182

Aslaksen, M., Scott, P. J., Haglund, L., Ellingham, B., & Bonsaksen, T. (2014). Using the role checklist version 2: Quality of performance. Ergoterapeuten, (4), 38–45. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11176

Scott, P. J., Krause, A., Tector, A., Kwo, P. (2013). Fatigue as Reported at 12 Time Points during the First Year Post-Liver Transplant. American Journal of Transplantation, 13, 542. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/5216

Krause, A., Taber, T., Fridell, J., Scott, P. J., & Samiran, G. (2013). Pancreas Transplantation: Personal Factors Associated with Good and Poor Post-Transplant Adaptive Response. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/5213

Scott, P. J. (2013). The RC V2: QP: A Transnational Measure of Participation of Persons with Disabilities. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/6987

Krause, A., Winslow, E., Scott, P. J., & Bah, F. (2012). Impact of medical, health related, social and occupational factors on post-liver transplant recovery: a longitudinal study. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/8216

Scott, P. J. (2012). Use of the Role Checklist as a guide to measurement of narrative plots. Presented at the Third International Institute for the Model of Human Occupation, Stockholm, Sweden. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/11184

Scott, P. J., Misra, V. L., Mangus, R. S., Tector, A. J., Lacerda, M. A., Vinayek, R., Munsch, L., Musick, B., Kwo, P. (2008). Influencing functional outcomes: a look at role performance and satisfaction with life following liver transplant. Hepatology, 48(4), 562A. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/5212

Bah, F., Winslow, E., Scott, P. J. (2012, April 13). A longitudinal analysis of the impact of fatigue on return to activities of daily living during the first year after liver transplantation. Poster session presented at IUPUI Research Day 2012, Indianapolis, Indiana. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/1805/7434

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