Critically Appraised Topics (CAT)

A critically-appraised topic (CAT) is a paper that reflects a review of the research in a certain area, regarding a specific clinical question. In an effort to share research with the Oklahoma clinical community, the occupational therapy program is posting CATS* that select students completed in their third and final year of coursework. This CAT Bank can be used for a variety of purposes for evidence-based practice, such as developing new programs, or discussing intervention options with students and peers.

*Disclosure: These CATs are written by OT students and edited by at least one faculty member. The information in the CATs may not reflect the breadth and depth of the research on a specific topic. Every effort has been made to assure the validity of the content. 



    

The effectiveness of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for decreasing anxiety in adults with a diagnosis of breast cancer.
Meredith Stroup, OTS and Carrie A. Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2014)

Effectiveness of low-level laser therapy on pain and grip strength in adults with mild to moderate carpal tunnel syndrome.

Emily Wetch, OTS and Carrie A. Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2014)

Effectiveness of the Nintendo Wii™ gaming system on gross motor function and functional mobility in children with cerebral palsy.
Laura Perdue, OTS and Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2014)

Shoulder taping and its efficacy for patients post-acute stroke
Michelle Kleckner, OTS and Toby Ballou Hamilton, Ph. D., OTR/L, FAOTA (2013) 

Effectiveness of eccentric viewing training on activities of daily living performance among adults over the age 50 diagnosed with age-related macular degeneration.
Brittany Condit, OTS and Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2013)

The use of constraint-induced movement therapy versus bilateral arm training in adults with upper extremity hemiparesis following a stroke to improve perception of upper extremity improvement during activities daily living
Casey Whorton, OTS and Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2013)

The effectiveness of Tai Chi for improving balance in adults over the age of 40 with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease (Hoehn & Yahr stages 1-4).
Emily Hayes, OTS and Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2013)

Effectiveness of school based yoga when used with children diagnosed with autism to make positive behavior changes in the classroom
Miranda Smith, OTS and Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA (2013)

The effectiveness of paper-based & computer-based eccentric viewing training on reading speed in individuals with central scotomas.
Liz Long, OTS and Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L (2012)

There is promising evidence that using adaptive equipment during activities of daily living (ADL) improves performance in adults 65 and older post-operative hip replacement.
Andrea N. Williams, OTS and Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L (2012)

There is Some Evidence for Task-Oriented Approach to Improve ADL Outcomes in Adults with Neurological Conditions.
Sydney A. Mann, OTS and Carrie A. Ciro, PhD, OTR/L (2012)

Occupation-based treatment may be beneficial for improving participation in occupational performance for people with hand injuries.
Kallie Pennel, OTS and Carrie A. Ciro, PhD, OTR/L (2012)

Picture Schedules Create Smoother Transitions for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Mykal Fenley, OTS-3 and Carrie A. Ciro, PhD, ORT/L (2011)

There is little evidence on the effects of task-specific training in cooking with mild Alzheimer’s disease.
Kristin E. Roberts, OTS and Carrie Ciro, PhD, OTR/L (2011)

Yoga used as an intervention strategy to improve social participation and attention to task in children with autism spectrum disorder, who present with inattention and hyperactivity.
Zuchnik, A., Ciro, C.A., and Randall, K. (2011)