The Use of a Ward-Based Art Group to Assess the Occupational Participation of Adult Acute Mental Health Clients

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This opinion piece explores the use of a ward-based art group with the Model of Human Occupation Screening Tool (MOHOST) to assess the occupational participation of adult acute mental health clients. Clients who are in an acute phase of mental illness and are unable to engage in an initial interview require alternative methods of assessment. Although groups are widely used by occupational therapists as an assessment tool, there is limited research on this topic. It is the authors' opinion that task-based groups facilitate a comprehensive assessment of clients with varying functional abilities and enable therapists to obtain detailed information on occupational participation.

Document Type: Short Communication

Publication date: May 1, 2007

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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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