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The state of play in children's occupational therapy: A comparison between Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University College Cork.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Health Sciences, Health and Rehabilitation.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7812-321X
School of Occupational Therapy, Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy, University College Cork.
2018 (English)In: British Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 0308-0226, E-ISSN 1477-6006, Vol. 81, no 1, p. 42-50Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Introduction

Play is viewed as an important occupation in childhood and consequently in children's occupational therapy. However, few studies have explored the place of play in therapy practice. This study aimed to contribute to this knowledge gap by exploring play in occupational therapy in three European countries.

Method

A cross-sectional survey of occupational therapists in Ireland, Sweden and Switzerland was conducted to examine the use of play with children under 12 years old. A web-based survey was distributed to 935 occupational therapists, resulting in 338 returned surveys (36%). Responses were analysed using descriptive statistics and content analysis.

Results

Results were organised into three themes: (1) demographics and practice context; (2) play education and (3) use of play in practice. Respondents reported that although they valued play as an occupation, their primary focus was on play as a means to achieving other goals. Lack of education on play (research, theory and interventions) and pressures in the workplace were identified as barriers to play-centred practice.

Conclusion

Findings indicate that there is a mismatch between therapists valuing play as an occupation and how play is utilised in therapy practice. There is a need to strengthen education and research on play occupation to strengthen play-centred practice.

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Sage Publications, 2018. Vol. 81, no 1, p. 42-50
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Occupational Therapy
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Occupational therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-66291DOI: 10.1177/0308022617733256ISI: 000419125300006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85040110851OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-66291DiVA, id: diva2:1153000
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Validerad;2018;Nivå 2;2018-01-17 (svasva)

Available from: 2017-10-27 Created: 2017-10-27 Last updated: 2018-02-23Bibliographically approved

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