Sustainable global wellbeing: a proposed expansion of the occupational therapy paradigm

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Abstract:

Sustainable development has three mutually dependent pillars: economic development, social development and environmental protection. Climate change has been identified as the biggest global health threat this century, affecting all populations, and the National Health Service has committed to an 80% emissions cut by 2050. This opinion piece proposes that the paradigm guiding occupational therapy be expanded to incorporate a global perspective, thereby integrating exploration of sustainability issues. Sustainable global wellbeing acknowledges the interaction between individuals and the global ecosystem, gently reframing current occupational therapy interventions and supporting development of new community opportunities outside the health service. Health care that is more carbon efficient is generally also more financially efficient.

Keywords: CHANGE; GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL; HEALTH CARE; OCCUPATION; OCCUPATIONAL JUSTICE; SUSTAINABLE; SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

Document Type: Short Communication

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802212X13470263980919

Publication date: September 1, 2012

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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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