The balance of occupation-focused and generic tasks within a mental health and learning disability occupational therapy service.
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Parkinson, S., Forsyth, K., Durose, S., Mason, R. & Harris, D. (2009) The balance of occupation-focused and generic tasks within a mental health and learning disability occupational therapy service., British Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 72, , pp. 366-370(5),
A service-wide audit was conducted (audit 1, 2002) to ascertain the balance of occupation-focused versus generic tasks being undertaken by occupational therapists. This identified that 66% of all tasks were occupation focused, whereas only 41% of all assessments could be described as such. Recommendations were pursued to implement occupation-focused assessments. Audit 2 (2005) showed that the majority of assessments were occupation focused (61%), and audits 3 (2006) and 4 (2007) indicated that this increase was maintained. Audit 4 also demonstrated the negative impact of care coordination duties on an occupational therapist's ability to complete occupation-focused assessments. The College of Occupational Therapists Ltd.