Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

Editorial

Academic journal article New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy

Editorial

Article excerpt

Welcome to Issue 61(2) of the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy. An occupational perspective of health is a key theme in the majority of the articles presented in this edition. The topics are diverse but the message is clear--the relationship between occupation and health may be complex but, it is vital.

We begin with an article from an eclectic group of scholars who sought the opinion of occupational therapy clinicians, attending national and international conferences, with regard to priorities for occupational science research. The authors report that the inquiry was a tactic to ensure that the work of occupational scientists, and occupational science per se, informs occupational therapy practice.

This is followed by a literature review that was undertaken to show how occupational therapy interventions, addressing lifestyle behaviours, may help to combat chronic health conditions. The authors argue that occupational performance coaching, which is grounded in occupational therapy theory, is well placed to encourage chronic disease self-management.

We also report on a narrative literature review that gives an overview of activity based groups, described in occupational therapy literature, for young people experiencing mental health issues. Wilcock's (2006) four dimensions of occupation are used as a theoretical framework for the review. …

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