Editorial

By O'Sullivan, Grace | New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy, October 2012 | Go to article overview

Editorial


O'Sullivan, Grace, New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy


Welcome to this edition of the New Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy. It gives me particular pleasure to present a consumer article as the first paper. Most of you may know that dementia is a topic of interest to me. Coupled with that, I have been seeking consumer articles for several years and this is the first one to be submitted and published during my term as editor. I have long advocated the importance of listening to the voices of consumers and so unashamedly celebrate this work. Both the associate editors and I feel this paper has great relevance, not only for the profession but for policy makers, health providers, and society at large. I place it at the front of the Journal in the hope that readers will embrace the messages contained therein.

Three research articles follow. In the first, Brown, Swedlove, Berry, and Turlapati draw attention to the impact of disordered sleep and pain in children. They identify sleep and pain literacy interventions in the paediatric population as an emerging field of practice and call for occupational therapists to address the gap between the evidence and clinical practice.

In the second study, Downie reports the results of research evaluating the validity of the Upper Limb Assessment Tool in acute neurological practice. When compared to the Disabilities of Arm, Shoulder and Hand tool, the collective findings indicate insignificant to moderate correlations between ULAT assessment domains and DASH scores. Nonetheless, the author argues that the ULAT's concurrent validity findings support its ongoing trial and refinement within acute settings.

Next, Cone and Wilson used a qualitative descriptive study to explore the ways in which occupational therapists in Aotearoa New Zealand actually incorporate the recovery approach into mental health practice. The findings identify the essential role occupational therapy has to play in mental health recovery. Furthermore, the authors point out areas in need of further development. …

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