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Psychosocial occupational therapy practice in India: Where is the evidence? - A review of IJOT publications

Acharya, Vinita A (2013) Psychosocial occupational therapy practice in India: Where is the evidence? - A review of IJOT publications. Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 45 (3). pp. 8-12. ISSN 0445-706

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Abstract

Objective: To review the articles published in Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy (IJOT) to assess the evidence of Psychosocial Occupational Therapy practice in India. Methodology: Articles published in IJOT over a period of 10 years from April 2002 to April 2012 were reviewed for their content, study design and level of evidence. Results: Only 10 articlesrelated to mental health practicewere found to be published in IJOT over a span of 10 years. Out of these, only 4 studies were related to schizophrenia, i.e. representing core mental health area while all others studied constructs like anxiety and stress in normal or other client populations. 4 studies had Level III evidence, 1 study had Level IV evidence while the majority i.e. 5 studies had Level V evidence. There was an evident lack of studies focusing on instrument development, qualitative research design and systematic reviews of best practices in mental health. Conclusion: Psychosocial Occupational Therapy practice in India is poorly represented in the national journal IJOT. More concerted efforts are necessary from therapists practicing in mental health settings to build strong research based evidence in this area.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Psychosocial practice; review; mental health evidence; Indian Occupational Therapy.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Occupational Therapy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 12 Feb 2014 04:19
Last Modified: 12 Feb 2014 04:19
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/138785

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