Protecting Professional Identities: Service User Involvement and Occupational Therapy

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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 1, 2005

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

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