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Occupational therapy practice in emergency care: occupational therapists' perspectives
Örebro Municipality, Örebro, Sweden.
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences, Örebro University, Sweden.
2015 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 22, no 5, 345-354 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Objective: Emergency care takes place in a complex work environment that is characterized by critically ill patients, short hospital stays, and a wide variety of different healthcare professionals. Studies of occupational therapists’ (OTs) experiences of working within emergency care have shown that they often experience difficulties in explaining the essence of occupational therapy and have to justify their approaches. Much effort has been made in Sweden to help OTs dispel the notion that occupational therapy is difficult to explain, and the aim of this study was to describe how Swedish OTs perceive their work in emergency care.

Method: A qualitative descriptive approach was taken, and 14 interviews were conducted with OTs working in emergency care. Qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data.

Results: The overall theme that emerged was “Feeling established through deliberate occupation-based work”. The underlying categories showed different strategies used by the OTs to provide occupational therapy in an emergency care context. Deliberate strategies were used to demonstrate the effectiveness of occupational therapy and its approaches to patients and other health care professionals, and this resulted in the OTs feeling both established and needed. Unlike the OTs in previous studies, the Swedish OTs experienced no difficulties in explaining occupational therapy and could make convincing arguments for their interventions. Parallel to their clinical work, the OTs worked with on-going development to find ways to improve their approaches.

Conclusions: In summary, these Swedish OTs seem to have been provided with a professional language and the knowledge required to establish themselves in an emergency care setting.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 22, no 5, 345-354 p.
Keyword [en]
Professional development, occupational therapy practice, emergency care
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Nursing
Research subject
Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-44295DOI: 10.3109/11038128.2015.1033455ISI: 000361327800005PubMedID: 25876456Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84937213962OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-44295DiVA: diva2:805956
Available from: 2015-04-17 Created: 2015-04-17 Last updated: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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