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The future of occupational therapy in mental health in Ireland

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The settings and roles of occupational therapists working in Ireland in mental health have changed greatly over the last decade. Occupational therapy's central tenet, however, that of focusing on occupation and the belief that it is vital in maintaining and promoting people's health and wellbeing, has not. If occupational therapists wish to remain a strong presence in mental health, they will have to adopt many generic roles and work activities while developing and maintaining unique discipline-specific roles. It is time for occupational therapists to focus on occupation, government policy and evidence-based practice in order to identify specialist roles for occupational therapy in mental health. Through this process, health promotion, social inclusion and supported employment stand out as three key areas with which occupational therapy has a good fit.


Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802209X12601857794772

Publication date: December 1, 2009

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

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