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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337


VAN DER REYDEN, D; WILSON, S  and  WHITE, B. The Analytical Survey Method: A valuable tool for efficient and effective Occupational Therapy service provision for a patient/client population. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2017, vol.47, n.3, pp.53-62. ISSN 2310-3833.

This paper describes the effective integration and application of a hybrid analytical survey method in order to obtain a substantive profile and resource information about a patient/client population. Integrating the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability, the survey is used as a primary tool for planning intervention, evaluation and planning in occupational therapy practice. The process has been used extensively in action research in practices throughout South Africa and the United Kingdom and results have shown that it allows for a more targeted and efficient provision of intervention and treatment. This paper briefly describes the development of the Analytical Survey Method and details how the procedure is implemented using the example of its application in a UK mental healthcare facility. Its contemporary relevance is highlighted in the context of healthcare challenges and the need to demonstrate efficient and effective occupational therapy provision.

Keywords : Occupational Therapy; analytical survey; analytical survey method; OT service planning and evaluation; Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability; action research; service efficiency.

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