Priority 12 from the Occupational Therapy PSP
|UNCERTAINTY: What is the role of occupational therapy in addressing social, political and environmental issues at a societal level to address well-being and participation? (JLA PSP Priority 12)
|JLA question ID
|Occupational therapists work not only with individuals but also with groups and communities. Occupational therapists view disability from a social model perspective and social justice is a core value of the profession.
This question therefore aims to explore the role of occupational therapy at a societal, rather than an individual or small group level, with a view to expanding the reach of its benefits to more people.
The evidence addressing this area is mostly conversational and sparse in existence. This is an area of uncertainty.
|Health Research Classification System category
|Generic Health Relevance
|Extra information provided by this PSP
|Original uncertainty examples
|Preparing our clients for climate change - we are entering new worlds with increased uncertainty - what can we offer as Occupational Therapists? ~
What role should Occupational Therapists have in helping people adjust to the life changes made necessary by a move to a low carbon economy? ~
How protest and protest occupations relate to OT paradigms/models of practice and their implications for OT practice and the call for greater political awareness/occupation justice ~ What adaptations are required to the occupational therapy process and specific interventions to work in a culturally competent manner with people of different demographics and protected characteristics of all ages (e.g. non-white, men, non-heterosexual, working class, lower socioeconomic groups)
|Occupational therapists, Carers, Students, Service Users
|PSP unique ID
|Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP.
|66 (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
|Date of priority setting workshop
|27 July 2020