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From Paper to Practice: the Views of Occupational Therapists on the Impact of the National Service Framework for Older People on Practice

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Philp (2003) outlined the fundamental role that occupational therapists could have in implementing the National Service Framework (NSF) for Older People and reforming services for older people (Department of Health 2001). A research project was undertaken, which aimed to investigate the views of occupational therapists about the implementation of the policy in order to identify the key areas and issues that have had an impact on practice. The research design was qualitative and took the form of focus groups.

The focus group data were analysed using a long-table analysis method (Krueger and Casey 2000), which identified five key themes: a raised profile of older people's services, a changing delivery of services, a revisiting of occupational therapy core skills, assessment and resource allocation. The emerging themes suggested that the NSF for Older People has had an impact on the practice of the occupational therapists involved in the focus groups.

Document Type: Research Article

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

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

    The 2012 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 1.096.

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