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A critical exploration of the development of occupational therapy in Poland and Latvia: A comparative case study

Watson, Marta and Bannigan, Katrina (2015) A critical exploration of the development of occupational therapy in Poland and Latvia: A comparative case study. World Federation of Occupational Therapists Bulletin, 71 (1). pp. 45-52.

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Abstract

Occupational therapy is not established in every country worldwide. It is important to learn what is needed to establish it in a country where it does not exist. The aim of this study was to identify the key elements required for occupational therapy to be successfully instituted as a profession countrywide. A cross-comparison of two case studies was used to identify the contextual characteristics required to establish occupational therapy countrywide. The data collected for two cases, Poland and Latvia, were analysed thematically. Cross case analysis identified four themes – focus on higher education, support from others, vision with action and sustainability – which constitute the components required to establish occupational therapy countrywide. Research into this subject is limited; therefore, this study, while not definitive, makes a contribution to understanding the key components needed for occupational therapy to become established countrywide. This knowledge can be used by those developing occupational therapy in other countries.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: 10.1179/1447382815Z.00000000010
Subjects: R Medicine > RM Therapeutics. Pharmacology
School/Department: School of Health Sciences
URI: http://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/617

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