A review of research with elderly people as respondents reported in occupational therapy journals
2008 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, Vol. 15, no 2, 116-126 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this article is to review research presented in occupational therapy journals with the elderly as respondents. With an increasing number of elderly people in society research including the elderly should play a vital role within occupational therapy especially since emphasis on subjective experience is an important factor in the core constructs of occupation. Through a review of six occupational therapy journals, covering the period 2001--2006, it was discovered that 15% of the total number of articles included the elderly as respondents. The published articles with the elderly as respondents were mainly quantitative with the most frequent subject being instrument developing and testing. Most studies had a population group of mixed ages, making it hard to draw conclusions concerning the elderly population. The conclusion is that more research of a qualitative nature reflecting the subjective perspectives of the elderly is needed, especially regarding the oldest age group since this is the fastest growing and there is still limited knowledge regarding their perspective on matters concerning their everyday lives and their doings. Technological developments are implied to benefit elderly people but more research and discussion is needed on how this will affect both the elderly and occupational therapy theory and practice.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2008. Vol. 15, no 2, 116-126 p.
Aged, occupational therapy research, oldest old, review, subjective experience, user perspective
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-17560DOI: 10.1080/11038120701858804PubMedID: 18570000OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-17560DiVA: diva2:210351