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Emerging occupational therapy in mental health practice in Saudi Arabia: a qualitative study

Alodan, Hissah A. and Squire, Ruth 2022. Emerging occupational therapy in mental health practice in Saudi Arabia: a qualitative study. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health 10.1080/0164212X.2022.2053634
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Occupational therapy (OT) services within mental health (MH) in Saudi Arabia are not well documented. This qualitative study investigated the factors influencing MH-related OT practice in the KSA from psychiatrists' and occupational therapists' perspectives. Data collection was conducted with nine participants including occupational therapists and psychiatrists using semi-structured interviews. Four themes emerged: perceptions about MH-related OT practice; OT’s professional identity in Saudi Arabia; challenges toward implementing OT services in psychiatry; and the promotion of OT services within Saudi MH. The findings suggested that awareness about MH-related OT practice is essential to enhance the profession’s presence within MH field.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Publisher: Taylor & Francis (Routledge)
ISSN: 0164-212X
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 July 2022
Date of Acceptance: 30 March 2022
Last Modified: 22 Jul 2022 05:05

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