Better access to mental health : mapping the evidence supporting participation in meaningful occupations

Hitch, Danielle 2012, Better access to mental health : mapping the evidence supporting participation in meaningful occupations, Advances in mental health, vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 181-189.

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Title Better access to mental health : mapping the evidence supporting participation in meaningful occupations
Author(s) Hitch, Danielle
Journal name Advances in mental health
Volume number 10
Issue number 2
Start page 181
End page 189
Publisher eContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of publication Maleny, Qld.
Publication date 2012-02
ISSN 1838-7357
1837-4905
Keyword(s) occupation
focused psychological strategies
evidence mapping
Medicare
functional performance
meaningful occupation
Summary Introduction: The purpose of this scoping and mapping project is to assess evidence for the use of focused psychological strategies (FPS) under the Better Access to Mental Health (BAMH) scheme to enable people with mental health problems to increase their functional performance and to participate in meaningful occupations. In particular, it aims to provide an accessible summary of evidence for practitioners who use FPS with their clients.

Methods: Evidence scoping and mapping is a relatively new technique, used to provide an overview of key findings in an area of practice. A five stage process of scoping and mapping was used in this project.

Results: A total of 81 studies which addressed the use of focused psychological strategies to promote functional performance and participation in meaningful occupations were found. Surprisingly, only three were published in occupational therapy journals with one further article being authored by occupational therapists. Three maps are provided showing this evidence by diagnosis, intervention and level of evidence.

Conclusion: Clinicians can say with some confidence that cognitive behavioural therapies are effective functional tools, particularly when working with people with depression or schizophrenia. They can also be confident that good quality evidence exists across a range of diagnoses, although there are many gaps where little to no research has been conducted. Suggestions for further research are provided which take into account the findings of these maps.
Language eng
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
Socio Economic Objective 920201 Allied Health Therapies (excl. Mental Health Services)
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, eContent Management Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30042709

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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