Occupational therapy in the modern adult acute mental health setting: a review of current practice

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Title Occupational therapy in the modern adult acute mental health setting: a review of current practice
Author Lloyd, Christine Avonia; Williams, Philip Lee
Journal Name International Journal of Therapy and Rehabilitation
Editor Olivia Wood
Year Published 2010
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Mark Allen Publishing Ltd.
Abstract Background: Health care systems are changing and with them, the role and scope of occupational therapy. The inpatient mental health setting is one area where change has been rapid and expansive, directly impacting on the role of occupational therapy. Literature pertaining to the current practice of occupational therapy in this setting is currently overshadowed by a focus on community-based care. This article aims to describe and summarize the recently published literature regarding current practices of occupational therapy in this important setting. Methods: Current practices were identified with reference to policy documents, text books and journal articles dating from 1990 to the present day. Findings: There was found to be a paucity of current literature relating to occupational therapy practice in acute mental health. From the literature that was available, four core elements of occupational therapy practice in acute mental health were identified: individual assessment, individual treatment, therapeutic groups, and discharge planning. Conclusions: It is suggested that the development and communication of the occupational therapy role focusing on the four core elements of practice will provide a sound base for the development of the clinical role of occupational therapy in acute mental health. Occupational therapists working in the acute mental health setting are encouraged to be aware of the available literature pertaining to this area and establish a renewed focus on clinical research to evaluate current practice and to guide debate on emerging occupational therapy roles.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.ijtr.co.uk/cgi-bin/go.pl/library/abstract.html?uid=78038
Copyright Statement Copyright 2010 MA Healthcare. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 17
Issue Number 9
Page from 436
Page to 442
ISSN 1741-1645
Date Accessioned 2011-04-27
Date Available 2011-08-12T06:21:39Z
Language en_AU
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology; Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/39733
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1x

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