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Participation in occupational therapy research: a literature review
Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Local Health Care Services in Central Östergötland, Paediatric Habilitation Community Service.
Linköping University, Department of Social and Welfare Studies, Health, Activity, Care. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences.
2010 (English)In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 0308-0226, E-ISSN 1477-6006, Vol. 73, no 7, 319-326 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Participation is a concept that is used and discussed, both within the field of occupational therapy and in other areas. The concept of participation is included in the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) and the Model of Human Occupation. The aim of this study was to investigate how the concept of participation has been used in studies published in peer-reviewed journals. A literature review was performed using the search terms 'occupational therapy' and 'participation'. Papers published in peer-reviewed journals during the period 2004-2006 were included (n = 38). Content analysis was used when analysing the data.


The results show that interview is the most common method of data collection and that the physical field is the clinical field that is most frequently represented in these papers. Three different categories were identified with regard to how the concept of participation has been used. These were client-centredness (n = 11), involvement in the environment (n = 19) and meaningfulness (n = 23). The three categories represent three dimensions of participation and are interpreted as occurring on micro or macro levels. Further research is needed and this review contributes to this development.

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Ingenta connect , 2010. Vol. 73, no 7, 319-326 p.
Keyword [en]
occupational therapy, participation, ICF
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Occupational Therapy
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-59022DOI: 10.4276/030802210X12759925544380OAI: diva2:349487
Available from: 2010-09-07 Created: 2010-09-07 Last updated: 2010-09-21

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