International research partnerships in occupational therapy: a Canadian-Zambian case study

Occup Ther Int. 2013 Jun;20(2):78-87. doi: 10.1002/oti.1346. Epub 2013 Mar 26.


The country of Zambia's Sixth National Development Plan includes many objectives related to participation and health that align with values underlying occupational therapy. Given this link, occupational therapy research has the potential to advance the Sixth National Development Plan and thereby enhance the participation and health of Zambians. However, there is neither a school of occupational therapy nor many occupational therapists working in Zambia. Using an example of a global research partnership between Canadian occupational therapy researchers and Zambian researchers, this paper examines the partnership using four criteria for global health research in order to derive lessons for future occupational therapy research partnerships. Implications for future occupational therapy research partnerships include the need for partners to combine their complementary skills and knowledge so that they may collaborate in mutually beneficial ways to address global health challenges and expand the reach of occupational therapy perspectives.

MeSH terms

  • Biomedical Research / organization & administration*
  • Canada
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Global Health
  • Government Programs
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Humans
  • Internationality
  • Occupational Therapy / organization & administration*
  • Zambia