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The Occupational Performance History Interview in community mental health case management: Consumer and occupational therapist perspectives

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  • Priscilla Ennals MOT, BAppSc(OT), BCouns; Lecturer. Ellie Fossey MSc (Health Psychol), DipCOT(UK); Senior Lecturer.

Priscilla Ennals, School of Occupational Therapy, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Bundoora, Victoria 3086, Australia. Email: p.ennals@latrobe.edu.au

Abstract

Background/aim: This study aimed to explore the use of the Occupational Performance History Interview from the perspectives of mental health consumers and occupational therapist case managers in community mental health settings.

Methods: This qualitative study, based on naturalistic inquiry, involved 10 participants: four occupational therapists who interviewed six mental health consumers, using the Occupational Performance History Interview. All participants participated in follow-up interviews or in focus groups to gain an understanding of their perspectives of this experience. Transcribed data were analysed using the constant comparative method.

Results: Consumer participants valued telling their occupational stories. Occupational therapist participants described the interview as supporting them to be more occupationally focused within their case management roles.

Conclusion: The findings suggest that the Occupational Performance History Interview can potentially enhance client-centred and occupationally focused practice in community mental health case management.

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