OTBS 30600: Occupational Apartheid


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Resource guides about cultural competence, minority health resources, and health disparities.

National Center for Cultural Competence
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OT CATS: Occupational Therapy Critically Appraised Topics
Each CAT represents an attempt to marshal the available research evidence on occupational therapy interventions. CATS, or Critically Appraised Topics, are shorter and less rigorous versions of systematic reviews which have not undergone peer review. From the University of Western Sydney, New South Wales.

OTseeker: Occupational Therapy Systematic Evaluation of Evidence
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