Occupational Therapy and Clinical Research in Mental Health Rehabilitation

Lloyd, Chris, King, Robert, & Bassett, Hazel (2005) Occupational Therapy and Clinical Research in Mental Health Rehabilitation. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68(4), pp. 172-176.

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Practitioners working in Australian mental health services are faced with the challenge of providing appropriate evidence-based interventions that lead to measurable improvement and good outcomes. Current government policy is committed to the development of strategic mental health research. One focus has been on under-researched practice areas, which include the development of psychosocial rehabilitation systems and models that facilitate recovery. To meet this challenge, an Australian rehabilitation service formed a collaborative partnership with a university. The purposes of the collaboration were to implement new forms of service delivery based on consumer need and evidence and to design research projects to evaluate components of the rehabilitation programme. This article examines the process of developing the collaboration and provides examples of how research projects have been used to inform practice and improve the effectiveness of service delivery. Challenges to the sustainability of this kind of collaboration are considered.

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ID Code: 46465
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0308-0226
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Statement: Copyright 2005 College of Occupational Therapists Ltd
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2011 04:45
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:36

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