Selecting from their toolbox of interventions – A realist study of the role of occupational therapists in reablement services

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Abstract

Reablement services support people to regain skills and increase their independence. This aim resonates with occupational therapy philosophy. This article presents results of a study of the role of occupational therapists in reablement services that involve two organisations.
Method
Theories on the role of occupational therapists in reablement were identified using a realist synthesis approach and were tested and expanded using a qualitative case study design. Each of the three case studies consisted of one reablement service in England. Methods of the study included observations and interviews with occupational therapists, interviews with managers in both organisations and focus groups and interviews with reablement support workers.
Findings
Findings conclude that occupational therapists’ education and experience underpin their ability to undertake assessments and person-centred goal setting. They utilise a range of intervention techniques selecting from their toolbox of interventions to support people. Occupational therapists have a role in training reablement support workers to work in an enabling way. Regular communication and co-location support levels of trust and shared purpose between members of the reablement team.
Conclusion
The conceptual framework developed from the study can be used by organisations when commissioning and developing reablement services to consider the different contextual layers of reablement.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-522
Number of pages10
JournalBritish Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume85
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2021

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
I would like to acknowledge my PhD supervisors Dr Ailie Turton and Dr Stuart McClean for their support during my study. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Publisher Copyright:
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  • SPS Centre for Research in Health and Social Care

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