As in other countries, the work of Italian Occupational Therapists (OTs) has been strongly affected by the Covid-19. The “Associazione Italiana dei Terapisti Occupazionali” (AITO) has provided support to OTs in different ways during the pandemic. Documents and references from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Italian Ministry of Health regarding the correct behaviour and use of protective equipment were published and continuously updated on the AITO website. Infographics and information materials about Covid-19 were also available on the AITO website and social media. Moreover, AITO promoted distance learning courses about prevention, preparedness and response to the pandemic: “Emergenza sanitaria da nuovo coronavirus SARS-CoV-2: preparazione e contrasto” (New coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 health emergency: preparation and contrast) and “Prevenzione e controllo delle infezioni nel contesto dell'emergenza COVID-19” (Infection prevention and control in the context of the COVID-19 emergency) provided by the Italian National Institute of Health, and the learning package integrating the “Operational Planning Guidelines and COVID-19 Partners Platform to support country preparedness and response” provided by the WHO.
New resources for members
This year AITO has organized a series of 19 webinars that are distributed throughout the year until December 2021. The webinars are held by professionals who share their experience addressing different topics, including Occupational Therapy intervention in specific contexts, theoretical models, and aids. Webinars are free of charge and available for a limited time on the AITO website. The initiative was very appreciated, and the webinars contents received positive feedback.
Moreover, with the aim of promoting and increasing research activities and evidence-based practice, for the 2021 AITO subscribed to two Scientific Journals: the “American Journal of Occupational Therapy” and the “Australian Occupational Therapy Journal”. All AITO members can access and download contents from both journals.
In April 2021, AITO has established a Scientific Committee (SC) which verifies and controls the quality of the activities carried out by AITO and its technical-scientific production. The SC supports the AITO National Board of Directors in the elaboration of scientific and cultural development proposals for the profession such as scientific and training events, supporting documents for evidence-based practice and cultural development projects. The SC also contributes to the elaboration of interprofessional documents in collaboration with other institutions and in the development of guidelines and best practices in the different areas of occupational therapy intervention.