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Dr Helen Buchanan

Helen Buchanan

Position

Deputy Head & Chair of Postgraduate Education

Senior Lecturer and Clinical Educator, Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town

Qualifications

BSc (OccTher) MSc (OccTher) PhD Cape Town

Area of interest: Hand therapy, evidence-based practice, rehabilitation, occupation-based practice.

Publications:

  • Green C, Hudson K, Wicht M, Willows C, Buchanan H (2015). The impact of the Human Occupation and Art Forms modules on first year occupational therapy students’ knowledge of and attitudes towards core constructs of occupation. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45 (1): 63-71.
  • Buchanan H, Siegfried N, Jelsma J, Lombard Carl (2014). Comparison of an interactive with a didactic educational intervention for improving the evidence-based practice knowledge of occupational therapists in the public health sector in South Africa: a randomised controlled trial. Trials, 15:216. DOI: 10.1186/1745-6215-15-216.
    URL: http://www.trialsjournal.com/content/15/1/216.
  • Buchanan H (2011). The uptake of evidence-based practice by occupational therapists in South Africa. WFOT Bulletin, 64:29-38.
  • Landman S, Buchanan H (2010). Human rights and workman's compensation: the experiences of two injured workers. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 40(1): 2-7.
  • Linegar M, Buchanan H (2007). Learning through ‘lived experience': OT teaching partnership with ‘disabled expert' changes student mindsets. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 37(2): 7-11.
  • Buchanan H (2007). The psychometric properties of the Roland Morris Disability Questionnaire for patients with chronic mechanical low back pain. SA Journal of Physiotherapy, 63(2): 9-15.
  • Lorenzo, T, Duncan M, Buchanan H, Alsop A (Eds.) (2006) Practice and service learning in occupational therapy: enhancing potential in context. London: John Wiley Ltd.
  • Buchanan H, Cloete L (2006). Preparing students for the complexities of practice learning, in Practice and service learning in occupational therapy: enhancing potential in context, eds. T. Lorenzo, M. Duncan, H. Buchanan & A. Alsop, John Wiley Ltd: London, pp. 73-87.
  • Lorenzo T, Buchanan H (2006). Working in the real world: unlocking the potential of students, in Practice and service learning in occupational therapy: enhancing potential in context, eds. T. Lorenzo, M. Duncan, H. Buchanan & A. Alsop, John Wiley Ltd: London, pp. 88-102.
  • Duncan M, Buchanan H (2006). Engaging with student writing: using feedback to promote learning, in Practice and service learning in occupational therapy: enhancing potential in context, eds. T. Lorenzo, M. Duncan, H. Buchanan & A. Alsop, John Wiley Ltd: London, pp. 218-233.
  • Alsop A, Duncan M, Lorenzo T, Buchanan H (2006). Looking ahead: future directions in practice education and research, in Practice and service learning in occupational therapy: enhancing potential in context, eds. T. Lorenzo, M. Duncan, H. Buchanan & A. Alsop, John Wiley Ltd: London, pp. 263-274.
  • Watson R, Buchanan H (2005). Making our practice evidence-based. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 35(3), 14-19.
  • Duncan M, Buchanan H, Lorenzo T (2005). Politics in Occupational Therapy Education: A South African Perspective, in Occupational Therapy without Borders - Learning from the Spirit of Survivors, eds. F. Kronenberg, S. Algado, N. Pollard, Elsevier: Edinburgh, pp. 390-401.
  • Buchanan H, Higson-Smith C (2004). The impact of violence-related injury on occupation, in Transformation through Occupation. Human occupation in context, eds. R Watson & L Swartz, Whurr Publishers: London, pp. 219-232.
  • Buchanan H, Moore R, Van Niekerk L (2001). Assessing Fieldwork Journals: Developmental Portfolios. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 64(8), 398-402.
  • Buchanan H, Moore R, Van Niekerk L (1998). The Fieldwork Case Study: Writing for Clinical Reasoning. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 52(4), 291-5.
  • O'Carroll, H* (1990). Occupational Therapy Management following Surgery for Dupuytren's Disease. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy,, 20(2):18-23.
  • Fredericks, D & O'Carroll, H* (1988). An Investigation into the use of the Bath-Board with Neurological Patients. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 18(2):32-33.
  • O'Carroll, H* (1985). The Availability and use of Hoists in Institutions for the Aged. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 15(1):13-19.