The domain of concern of Swedish occupational therapists in psychiatric care.

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As a consequence of the development of psychiatric care in Sweden, occupational therapists have adapted their roles to changing practice settings. The aim of this study was to investigate the domain of concern of occupational therapists in psychiatric care, operationalized as perceived responsibilities. Furthermore, the relationships of the domain of concern to underlying theories and models, clinical supervision, intervention strategies, and organization of the care were investigated. Data were collected by a mail questionnaire to occupational therapists working in psychiatric care with a response rate of 67%, in all 334 occupational therapists. A factor analysis revealed six domain-of-concern areas. The three most prominent factors were ADL, housing and leisure, Psychosocial dysfunction, and Work and studies, which confirmed that occupational therapists' focus is on the patient's occupational performance skills as well as the environment that supports or hinders the patient's performance. The occupational therapists were using a broad range of underlying theories and models as well as intervention strategies and several relationships to domain-of-concern factors were found. This study gave an overall view of the occupational therapists' domain of concern, but there is also need for a more detailed and thorough understanding of how occupational therapists define their domain of concern, which calls for more qualitatively oriented in-depth studies.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Occupational Therapy


  • Concern, Domain, Occupational, Therapist, Psychiatric, Care
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-192
JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2001
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: The Vårdal Institute (016540000), Division of Occupational Therapy (Closed 2012) (013025000)