College of Occupational Therapists: Position Paper on the Way Ahead for Research, Education and Practice in Mental Health

Authors: Craik, Christine; Austin, Chris; Chacksfield, John D; Richards, Gabrielle; Schell, Donna

Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 61, Number 9, September 1998 , pp. 390-392(3)

Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists

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The future of occupational therapy in mental health has been a topic of reflection and debate. The Education and Research Board (now the Education and Practice Board) of the College of Occupational Therapists created a Working Group to develop a position paper on the way ahead for research, education and practice in mental health. Following consultation, the Working Group reviewed literature, examined current research and surveyed practitioners, managers and educators. From these findings, recommendations have been made which will create a firmer evidence base for the practice of occupational therapy in mental health, leading to a more effective use of the expertise of occupational therapists and an improved service for users.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: September 1, 1998

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at

    Submissions can be made at

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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