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What, Why, How – Creative Activities in Occupational Therapy Practice in Sweden
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0510-2458
Örebro University, Sweden.
2016 (English)In: Occupational Therapy International, ISSN 0966-7903, E-ISSN 1557-0703, Vol. 23, no 4, 369-378 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Creative activities have historically been used in occupational therapy, and although their usage has declined in recent decades, they are still used in Swedish practice. The aim of this study was to better understand how occupational therapists use creative activities in practice. A web-based survey was sent to 520 occupational therapists, of which 304 (58.5%) responded. The main reason identified for using creative activities was to strengthen the client's occupational performance, well-being and self-esteem. The expected outcomes of applying creative activities were to support the client in self-expression and experiencing joy and desire. More than half of the occupational therapist respondents did not use creative activities to the extent they desired. Creative activities in occupational therapy are still used as a vital treatment to strengthen the clients' occupational performance abilities. The survey has looked at only a professional perspective on effectiveness of applying creative activities in occupational therapy. More research is needed to evaluate how occupational therapists internationally apply creative activities. There is also a need to gain information from the client's perspective on the therapeutic value of creative activities. 

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2016. Vol. 23, no 4, 369-378 p.
Keyword [en]
creative activities, occupational performance, occupational therapy, human, occupational therapist, occupational therapy practice, self esteem, Sweden, wellbeing
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Health Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-34286DOI: 10.1002/oti.1438ISI: 000387845200009ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84979515506OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-34286DiVA: diva2:1058337
Available from: 2016-12-20 Created: 2016-12-20 Last updated: 2016-12-29Bibliographically approved

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