Research Article  |   July 2019
Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults Living With Serious Mental Illness
Author Affiliations
  • Elizabeth Griffin Lannigan, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Adjunct Faculty, Department of Occupational Therapy, College of Health and Human Services, University of New Hampshire, Durham; lglannigan@gmail.com
  • Susan Noyes, PhD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, Master of Occupational Therapy Program, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston.
Article Information
Evidence-Based Practice / Mental Health / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Evidence Connection
Research Article   |   July 2019
Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults Living With Serious Mental Illness
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 07 2019, Vol. 73, 7305395010p1-7305395010p5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2019.735001
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 07 2019, Vol. 73, 7305395010p1-7305395010p5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2019.735001
Abstract

Occupational therapy practitioners have education, skills, and knowledge to provide occupational therapy interventions for adults living with serious mental illness. Evidence-based interventions demonstrate that occupational therapy practitioners can enable this population to engage in meaningful occupations, participate in community living, and contribute to society. Systematic review findings for occupational therapy interventions for adults living with serious mental illness were published in the September/October 2018 issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy and in the Occupational Therapy Practice Guidelines for Adults Living With Serious Mental Illness. Each article in the Evidence Connection series summarizes evidence from the published reviews on a given topic and presents an application of the evidence to a related clinical case. These articles illustrate how research evidence from the reviews can be used to inform and guide clinical decision making. Through a case story, this article illustrates how current evidence is applied for effective occupational therapy intervention with an adult living with serious mental illness.