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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

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


MTHEMBU, Thuli G.; NKOSI-MAFUTHA, Nokuthula G.  and  MAUNYE, Julia T.. South African nursing students' awareness and knowledge of the occupational therapy profession. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2022, vol.52, n.1, pp.45-55. ISSN 2310-3833.

BACKGROUND: Interprofessional education is a growing field of knowledge that promotes collaborative competencies among healthcare professionals within a South African context. Occupational therapists and nurses work together to enhance patient care. However, little is known about nursing students' awareness of occupational therapyAIM: The study assessed the level of awareness and general knowledge of nursing students regarding the occupational therapy profession as part of interprofessional collaborative practiceMETHODS: A quantitative, descriptive cross-sectional survey design was conducted using a paper-based self-administered questionnaire with nursing students recruited from the Western Cape, Gauteng, and Mpumalanga provinces. The Statistical Package Social Sciences was used for quantitative analysis and content analysis was used for the qualitative commentsRESULTS: A response rate of 90.60% (n=299) was achieved. Of the respondents, 87.5% (n=262) were aware of occupational therapy, while more than half 57.5% (n=172) indicated that they know an occupational therapist. The findings showed that interprofessional education provided the respondents with opportunities to learn and collaborate with other students. Two-thirds of the respondents, 66.9% (n=200) indicated that they never engaged in an interprofessional module during their trainingCONCLUSION: Nursing students who had been exposed to interprofessional education had substantial general knowledge that occupational therapists collaborate with other professionals to improve the quality of life using activities as part of the interventions

Keywords : interprofessional education; nursing students; occupational therapy; interprofessional competencies; interprofessional collaborative practice; quality of care.

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