The Changing Policy Context of Occupational Therapy
Authors: Cameron, Ailsa; Masterson, Abigail
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 61, Number 12, December 1998 , pp. 556-560(5)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:The work of health care professionals in the United Kingdom is continually influenced by the directions, goals and principles of government and dominant groups in the policy-making process (Ackers and Abbott 1996). For too long many occupational therapists have failed to acknowledge that their work exists within a wider social context. This context controls and rations the resources that support the health and social care system and ultimately affects what occupational therapy is and the way in which occupational therapy is delivered (Øvretveit 1992). For instance, Pringle (1996) suggested that in the 1970s and 1980s occupational therapy had experienced increased autonomy and freedom to define the role and scope of its practice. As a consequence of the recent health service reforms, it is argued that this autonomy and freedom seems to have been progressively undermined. This article aims to stimulate an awareness amongst occupational therapists of the fundamental importance and relevance of an understanding of social policy to their everyday practice.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: December 1, 1998
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.
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