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Occupational Therapy Interventions in Mental Health : A Literature Review in Search of Evidence

Kirsh, Bonnie; Martin, Lori; Hultqvist, Jenny LU and Eklund, Mona LU (2019) In Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 35(2). p.109-156
Abstract

A growing body of literature sheds light on occupational therapy (OT) interventions and outcomes in adult mental health. Although this research has not developed to the point where a systematic review is warranted, a synthesis of these findings is needed. This article provides an overview of OT interventions in adult mental health and their documented outcomes. Fifty peer-reviewed intervention studies targeting adults with mental illness were reviewed. Seven categories of interventions emerged: employment/education; psychoeducation; creative occupations/activity; time use/occupational balance; skills/habit development; group/family approaches; and animal-assisted therapy. Further research involving rigorous designs is needed to... (More)

A growing body of literature sheds light on occupational therapy (OT) interventions and outcomes in adult mental health. Although this research has not developed to the point where a systematic review is warranted, a synthesis of these findings is needed. This article provides an overview of OT interventions in adult mental health and their documented outcomes. Fifty peer-reviewed intervention studies targeting adults with mental illness were reviewed. Seven categories of interventions emerged: employment/education; psychoeducation; creative occupations/activity; time use/occupational balance; skills/habit development; group/family approaches; and animal-assisted therapy. Further research involving rigorous designs is needed to establish a solid evidence base for OT interventions in adult mental health.

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Intervention research, mental illness, outcomes
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Occupational Therapy in Mental Health
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35
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2
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109 - 156
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Haworth Press
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0164-212X
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10.1080/0164212X.2019.1588832
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  author       = {Kirsh, Bonnie and Martin, Lori and Hultqvist, Jenny and Eklund, Mona},
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  keyword      = {Intervention research,mental illness,outcomes},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {109--156},
  publisher    = {Haworth Press},
  series       = {Occupational Therapy in Mental Health},
  title        = {Occupational Therapy Interventions in Mental Health : A Literature Review in Search of Evidence},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/0164212X.2019.1588832},
  volume       = {35},
  year         = {2019},
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