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Title: A survey of occupational therapy practitioners in mental health
Authors: Craik, C
Chacksfield, J
Richards, G
Keywords: Mental Health;Psychiatry;Staff
Issue Date: 1998
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Citation: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy. 61 (5) 227-234
Abstract: As part of the College of Occupational Therapists’ Mental Health Project, a survey of occupational therapists practising in mental health in the UK was conducted. A questionnaire was sent to 200 members of the Association of Occupational Therapists in Mental Health and achieved a 68.5% response rate. The majority of the 137 respondents were female, with Senior I staff between 20 and 30 years of age who were unlikely to have worked in another area forming the largest group. Although most had received additional training, they identified the need for more training, especially in aspects of occupational therapy. Most were managed by an occupational therapist and 96% received supervision. Community mental health was the most frequently reported area of work with leisure, counselling, anxiety management and creative activities the most frequently used interventions. Respondents were committed to the core principles of occupational therapy and the need to develop outcome measures and evidence based practice, and were concerned about moves to generic working. This study has provided data, not only for the position paper on the way ahead for occupational therapy in mental health but also for individual occupational therapists and managers.
ISSN: 0308-0226
Appears in Collections:Community Health and Public Health
Dept of Clinical Sciences Research Papers

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