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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

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

Abstract

GOVENDER, Ravashni; GOVENDER, Pragashnie  and  MPANZA, December. Medical Incapacity Management in the South African Private Industrial Sector: The role of the occupational therapist. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2019, vol.49, n.3, pp.31-37. ISSN 2310-3833.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2019/vol49n3a6.

BACKGROUND: Occupational therapists working in the field of occupational health in South African private industrial sectors may find themselves involved in management of medical incapacity due to their expertise in vocational rehabilitation AIM: In this study, the authors explored how South African Acts guide the role and scope of occupational therapists in medical incapacity management, in addition to determining the scope, role and value of occupational therapy in medical incapacity management from the perspectives of occupational therapists currently working in the field METHOD: An exploratory qualitative design with use of two concurrent methods of data collection (document analysis and semi structured interviews) was undertaken. Data were analysed thematically, via deductive reasoning, and pooled to provide a picture of how occupational therapists can function within medical incapacity management RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: Six themes emerged from the data. Occupational therapists' role and scope within legislature appears to lack detail with a disjuncture between legislation that guides medical incapacity management and current practice of occupational therapists. Notwithstanding this, the findings of this study show that occupational therapists play a critical role within management of medical incapacity.

Keywords : Vocational rehabilitation; medical incapacity management; occupational therapy.

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