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Research Article  |   January 1990
Ways to Retain or Reactivate Occupational Therapists
Author Affiliations
  • Diana M. Bailey, EdD, OTR, is Assistant Professor, Tufts University–Boston School of Occupational Therapy, Medford, Massachusetts 02155
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Research Article   |   January 1990
Ways to Retain or Reactivate Occupational Therapists
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1990, Vol. 44, 31-37. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.1.31
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1990, Vol. 44, 31-37. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.1.31
Abstract

The previous paper (Bailey, 1990) reported on the reasons for leaving occupational therapy in a sample of 696 therapists. This follow-up paper discusses the reasons given and suggests ways to retain or reactivate therapists. The issues addressed include child rearing; geographic location; feeling professionally out of date; excessive paperwork; lack of pay and promotional opportunities; returning to school; stress; disillusionment; type of caseloads; illness; desire for more status, autonomy, and challenge; and lack of in-service training and continuing education.