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RCSM 470 Recreation Therapy Management II

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Brainstorming Search Words

I think of words and phrases used to talk about the topic. I am not committed to using every word I write down. I can write down silly or stupid words, if I want. But it helps me think about how others talk or write about my topic.                                                           

Recreation therapy OR recreational therapy OR recreation therapist OR recreation therapists OR RT OR therapeutic recreation

Recreation OR leisure OR play

Therapy OR therapeutic OR treatment

Animal* OR dog OR horse* OR pig* OR

Art OR craft OR painting OR paint OR draw OR sketch OR sculpt OR brush OR clay OR pencil OR pens OR

Model OR theory OR theoretical OR framework OR

Administration OR administer OR admin OR management OR manage OR manager OR human resources OR HR OR HRD OR supervise OR supervision OR oversee OR oversight OR

Recreation therapy Program OR

Reimbursement OR payment OR finances OR financial OR bill OR

Clinical OR clinic OR hospital OR

strategic plan OR strategic planning OR program planning OR programme planning OR 

A Few Search Strategies

  • Use the Subject Headings or MeSH or Thesaurus to find items about your topic.
  • Search for words in the title of the article.
  • Limit to evidence based practice levels of evidence
  • When you find a good publication, use its references to find more. And use the Web of Science database.
  • For an in depth research project, has any part of your topic been studied?
    A + B + C + D                  A + B              A + C            B + C             A + C + D
  • Hedges/Filters – Health science searching. CINAHL Clinical Queries.

Sorting of Results

It is common for databases and search engines to, um, slant the search results OR sort the search results based upon

  • the number of times the search words appear in the record/webpage
  • whether the search words appear in the title of the record/webpage
  • whether the search words appear in the beginning X words of the record, abstract, or webpage
  • how new is the record/webpage
  • other things…


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