University of Worcester Worcester Research and Publications

A Qualitative Research Synthesis Examining the Effectiveness of Interventions Used by Occupational Therapists in Mental Health

Wimpenny, K., Cook, C. and Savin-Baden, Maggi (2014) A Qualitative Research Synthesis Examining the Effectiveness of Interventions Used by Occupational Therapists in Mental Health. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 27 (6). pp. 276-288. ISSN Print: 0308-0226 Online:1477-6006

Full text not available from this repository. (Request a copy)


To date, a range of qualitative studies have been undertaken in intervention effectiveness, but none has synthesized such studies within the occupational therapy mental health literature. This research article presents a qualitative research synthesis that identifies those interventions used by occupational therapists, internationally, which are viewed as effective from both clients' and carers' perspectives.

Qualitative research synthesis was used to analyse, synthesize, and interpret results from qualitative studies. Twenty-two studies, collectively capturing client, carer, and occupational therapists' perspectives, were synthesized by the research team.

The findings identified four themes, which indicated that the occupational therapist needs to exhibit professional artistry, facilitate occupational engagement, pace occupation to support the achievement of client goals and new horizons; and also recognized the importance of inclusion that promotes client participation and a sense of belonging in a range of socio-cultural contexts.

The use of occupational interventions that provide space for healing, self-rediscovery, identity formation, and community participation, were valued more than short, psychological-based interventions focused on case management and the assessment of mental stability, which were seen as superficial in scope. Occupational therapists need to demonstrate an authentic therapeutic relationship that is built upon care, trust, and respect, in order for interventions to have impact.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information:

Staff and students at the University of Worcester have access to the full-text of the published version via the UW online Library Search. External users should check availability with their local library or Interlibrary Requests Service.

Uncontrolled Discrete Keywords: qualitative research, synthesis, effectiveness
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Divisions: College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Education
Related URLs:
Depositing User: Maggi Savin-Baden
Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2019 10:06
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2020 17:27

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item
Worcester Research and Publications is powered by EPrints 3 which is developed by the School of Electronics and Computer Science at the University of Southampton. More information and software credits.