O'Sullivan, Grace, New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy
Welcome to the September 2008 issue of The New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy. Many topics relevant to the advancement of occupational therapy have been covered in NZJOT in recent editions, including Occupational Therapy's place and purpose in aging New Zealand, Embracing diversity: Explaining the cultural dimensions of our occupational therapeutic selves, and Autonomy, accountability, and professional practice: Contemporary issues and challenges, to name a few. However, perhaps the greatest stride forward has been the increase in the number of research articles 'grounded in practice' that have been submitted for publication.
Developing evidence which underscores the role of occupation to health and well-being, and thereby the profession's place in the provision of health services, has helped to promote our unique knowledge while at the same time focusing on advances in clinical practice. The importance of providing evidence which enhances taken-for-granted knowledge cannot be overstated. Ultimately it may be used to improve quality of life for the many people we strive to serve. Keeping readers informed and up to date with new knowledge is the purpose of the Journal. If you have made a difference in your practice, via innovative practice, or if you have a story to tell, please share your knowledge and let others know.
This issue of the Journal is supported by an interesting selection of articles. The topics look back, forward, and broad side, at the diversity of occupational therapy in New Zealand. Glenda Schnell leads the way with a retrospective analysis of data. This research article looked at the effectiveness of occupational therapy services for young people in an inpatient mental health setting. Similarly, Luciana Blaga and Linda Robertson's research explored the challenges faced by occupational therapists working in acute care settings. …