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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

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

S. Afr. j. occup. ther. vol.41 n.2 Pretoria  2011




An audit of attendance at occupational therapy by long-term psychiatric in-patients at Weskoppies Hospital



Christa KrügerI; Ronél van der WesthuizenII

IMBBCh, MMed(Psych), FCPsych(SA), MD. Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pretoria and Weskoppies Hospital, Pretoria
IIBOT. Senior Occupational Therapist, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pretoria and Weskopies Hospital, Pretoria





OBJECTIVES: Although the value of occupational therapy (OT) in psychiatric rehabilitation is indisputable, little is known about the range of OT interventions attended by long-term in-patient populations. The aim of this study was to gather baseline information on which of the various OT interventions were attended the most frequently.
METHODS: This study presents an audit of OT offered to 264 long-term in-patients at Weskoppies Hospital over eight months. The inpatients' attendance at various OT interventions was used to identify their patterns and frequency of participation.
RESULTS: The most frequently attended OT interventions were (descending): Group OT in the OT department (high-functioning women); industrial therapy (men); woodwork-and-upholstery (men); group OT in the wards (low-functioning men); and clerical therapy (high-functioning patients). On the whole, attendance at OT was low.
CONCLUSIONS: The current OT profile favours high-functioning and male patients. Low-functioning-female patients are neglected. Future OT efforts should focus on low-functioning long-term in-patients, particularly low-functioning-female patients.

Key words: Occupational therapy, attendance at rehabilitation, long-term psychiatric in-patients



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