Sharon A. Gutman; State of Mental Health Research in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2008–2011. Am J Occup Ther 2012;66(2):e30-e33. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.003913.
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In this article, I examine the state of mental health research in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy from 2008 to 2011. Although other practice areas have seen an increase in the number and rigor of intervention effectiveness studies, mental health occupational therapy research has been insufficient to support the profession’s role in traditional mental health services. Strategies to enhance the profession’s role in mental health practice are suggested and include using occupational therapy behavioral health management research in school-based and transition services to support occupational therapy’s role in traditional mental health practice settings.
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