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Research Article  |   September 1990
Occupational Therapy in Acute Inpatient Psychiatry: An Activities Health Approach
Author Affiliations
  • Anne Mazur Robinson, MA, OTR, is Chief, Therapeutic Activities and Vocational Rehabilitation Service, Department of Psychiatry, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York, 153 West 11th Street, New York, New York 10011. She is also employed as Associate in Clinical Occupational Therapy, Columbia University, College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, New York
  • Joan Avallone, MS, OTR, is Director of Fitness with United Weight Control Program in New York City. At the time of this article, she was Therapeutic Activities Supervisor, Inpatient Service, Department of Psychiatry, St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center of New York
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Health and Wellness / Mental Health / Practice
Research Article   |   September 1990
Occupational Therapy in Acute Inpatient Psychiatry: An Activities Health Approach
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 809-814. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.809
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, September 1990, Vol. 44, 809-814. doi:10.5014/ajot.44.9.809
Abstract

This article discusses some of the challenges that occupational therapists working in acute psychiatric inpatient settings commonly face. There is often a lack of sufficient time available for treatment as well as limitations inherent in addressing functional problems in the artificiality of a hospital environment. A theoretical framework is introduced from which the role of occupational therapy and realistic objectives for acute short-term care can be identified. This framework for inpatient occupational therapy practice is based on the concept of activities health, which provides a definition of health in functional rather than medical terms. The importance of emphasizing the patient’s competence in roles assumed in community living is emphasized. A step-by-step approach to program development with specific examples is also provided.