Research Platform
Issue Date: August 2020
Published Online: August 01, 2020
Updated: September 09, 2020
Examining the Concept of Self-Care in OT Literature: A Scoping Review
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
  • Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA
Article Information
Health and Wellness / Occupational Therapy Practice Framework / Professional Issues / Basic Research
Research Platform   |   August 01, 2020
Examining the Concept of Self-Care in OT Literature: A Scoping Review
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411505145. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-RP104D
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, August 2020, Vol. 74, 7411505145. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.74S1-RP104D
Abstract

Date Presented 03/26/20

This scoping review aimed to examine how the term self-care has been used in prominent OT literature (1922 through 2018). Results demonstrate that of 1,254 included articles, 54.9% use the term self-care ambiguously. In provided examples, authors primarily apply the term to basic activities of daily living, compared to broader definitions from the wellness literature. Findings serve as a call for the profession to redefine self-care to promote population health and well-being.

Primary Author and Speaker: Isabelle Laposha

Additional Authors and Speakers: Stacy Smallfield