Protecting Professional Identities: Service User Involvement and Occupational Therapy
Authors: Wright, Cathy; Rowe, Nick
Source: The British Journal of Occupational Therapy, Volume 68, Number 1, January 2005 , pp. 45-47(3)
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
Abstract:Service user involvement in the delivery of health care is now a government priority yet, with some exceptions, it does not seem that the occupational therapy profession is meeting the challenges that this poses. In the light of the profession's emphasis on client-centred practice and individual empowerment, this is surprising. The authors argue that professional insecurity and role uncertainty are inhibiting the vigorous development of advocacy in occupational therapy. They propose that a preoccupation with establishing professional demarcations prevents the openness necessary for the lively and genuine involvement of service users.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 2005
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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