The Management of Altered Body Image: a Role for Occupational Therapy

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Abstract:

While historically a number of approaches and disciplines have proved to be effective in the management of altered body image, there is little evidence within the occupational therapy literature to suggest that this is an area actively pursued outside the realm of eating disorders. The concept of altered body image in relation to occupational therapy is explored, within the context of life-threatening disease. A review of multidisciplinary input in this area indicates that a number of factors contribute to the difficulty in identifying, assessing and treating this complex concept. This article suggests that occupational therapists, with their unique perspective of activity as a facilitator of change in occupational performance, are well placed to address altered body image concerns. Education and training in this area are required if occupational therapists are to do so with confidence and competence, irrespective of clinical condition or setting, in order to contribute positively to the rehabilitation process and the individual's overall quality of life. Further research in the management of altered body image by occupational therapists is recommended.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: August 1, 2001

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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 http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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