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A survey of current occupational therapy practice for Parkinson's disease in the United Kingdom

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Katherine Deane


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Little is known about the current character of occupational therapy practice for Parkinson's disease in the United Kingdom. The study aimed to document this in order to inform plans for a future multicentre randomised controlled trial., Two hundred and forty-two occupational therapists that treated people with Parkinson's disease were sent a questionnaire regarding demographics, service organisation and therapy content. One hundred and sixty-nine occupational therapists (70%) responded. They had worked with people with Parkinson's disease for a median of 6 years and personally treated a median of 15 people with Parkinson's disease annually. Most (86%) were at senior grade or above; 87% worked in the National Health Service and 12% in social services. Forty per cent worked in specialist Parkinson's disease clinics. Most (79%) felt that they needed more specialist postgraduate training., Occupational therapists are employed in both health and social care settings. The character of the occupational therapy is often determined by the location in which it is provided. Current occupational therapy appears to focus on functional activities rather than on the wider social and psychological aspects of occupation. Many occupational therapists felt that they needed more specialist postgraduate training to treat people with Parkinson's disease effectively.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Deane KHO, Ellis-Hill C, Dekker K, Davies P, Clarke CE

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Occupational Therapy

Year: 2003

Volume: 66

Issue: 5

Pages: 193-200

Print publication date: 01/05/2003

ISSN (print): 0308-0226

ISSN (electronic): 1477-6006

Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists


Notes: Journal Article, Questionnaire/Scale, Research, Tables/Charts