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Collaborative research exploring mental health service user perspectives on acute inpatient occupational therapy

Bryant, W and Cordingley, K and Sims, K and Dokal-Marandi, J and Pritchard, H and Stannard, V and Adamako, E (2016) 'Collaborative research exploring mental health service user perspectives on acute inpatient occupational therapy.' British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 (10). pp. 607-613. ISSN 0308-0226

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Introduction User perspectives are important for understanding why people engage with occupational therapy during an admission for acute mental health issues, and can be used to inform service provision and development. Method Twenty-two recent and current inpatients participated in six semi-structured individual interviews and three focus groups. Data from the two methods were initially subject to separate thematic analysis. Then a further stage of constant comparative analysis, of both data sets, generated the findings presented here. Findings Three themes were identified: (1) ?A tiny sort of world? expressed experiences of being restricted; (2) ?Relief? indicated how occupational therapy offered relief from the ward and experiences of mental ill-health; and (3) ?Something to do? suggested specific purposes for engaging in occupation. These themes indicate how service users experience and value occupational therapy for different reasons at different times. The approach of occupational therapists to service users, valuing them as occupational beings, is a key aspect of their experience. Conclusion The profession is challenged to design flexible opportunities for occupational engagement which simultaneously provide relief and distraction, address diverse occupational needs, and are feasible within the resource restrictions of acute mental health services.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Photo-elicitation; user involvement; occupational engagement; recovery
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA790 Mental Health
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health
Faculty of Science and Health > Health and Social Care, School of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2016 09:20
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 13:24

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