Cultural Awareness in Occupational Therapy: the Chinese Example

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This opinion piece presents an argument for the importance of being culturally aware in occupational therapy. A comparison of Chinese culture with occupational therapy philosophy leads it to propose that occupational therapy, in the United Kingdom, has been influenced by the Western health care system, within which it evolved. Key concepts in the philosophy of the profession, through to terms used in everyday practice, may not be culturally generalisable. Occupational therapists need to be aware of this when working with people from different cultures.

Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: August 1, 2006

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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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