Making a Cup of Tea as Part of a Culturally Sensitive Service
Authors: Fair, Ann; Barnitt, Rosemary
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 62, Number 5, May 1999 , pp. 199-205(7)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:Cultural variation is an aspect of practice which may be neglected by therapists when assessing functional activities. A study was undertaken in which 15 people from a variety of cultural backgrounds were observed carrying out the activity of making a cup of tea. The results demonstrated that there were differences in the methods used between cultures, within cultures and between generations. If interventions by therapists are to be effective, it is imperative that assessments are culturally sensitive and that each client is treated as a unique individual. Occupational therapy departments, where making a cup of tea or making a hot drink is a routine part of client assessment, should review practice to allow for cultural variation.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: May 1, 1999
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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