Objective : This study aimed to analyze published research papers in the Journal of Korean Society of Occupational Therapy from 2011 to 2015.
Methods : Articles published from 2011 to 2015 were surveyed, and a descriptive analysis was used to determine the types of research, level of evidence, participants, research fields, and researchers.
Results : The analysis outcomes of the this study were as follows. The most frequent type of research was experimental research, followed by evaluation tool research, and review articles. The most frequent level of evidence was level Ⅳ (56.8%), and the most frequent research designs were survey and evaluation tools, reliability, and validity research. The main subjects were adults (37.2%). The most common diagnoses of adults (elderly people) were strokes. In the case of children, the diagnoses were cerebral palsy, followed by pervasive developmental disorders, and intellectual disorders. The independent variables addressed were the largest frequency of cognitive intervention and occupation-based intervention. The dependent variables were mostly for the upper extremity functions, followed by psychosocial factors. Descriptive survey researches were mostly a policy of occupation therapy, followed by activities of daily living and cognition.
Conclusion : This study showed the recent research trends of the Journal of Korean Society of Occupational Therapy, and analyzed the research types, level of evidence, participants, and research field. These results will help readers know the research trends in the field of occupational therapy, and will be able to contribute to the amount of evidence available