Georgia K. B. Halkett PhD, FIR, BMedRad (Hons); Senior Research Fellow. Marina L. Ciccarelli PhD, MSc (Ergonomics), GradDip (OS&H), BSc (OT); Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Fellow. Sharon Keesing BSc (OT); Lecturer. Samar Aoun PhD, MPH, BSc; Professor and Director.
Occupational therapy in palliative care: Is it under-utilised in Western Australia?
Version of Record online: 21 JUN 2010
© 2010 The Authors. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal © 2010 Australian Association of Occupational Therapists
Australian Occupational Therapy Journal
Volume 57, Issue 5, pages 301–309, October 2010
How to Cite
Halkett, G. K. B., Ciccarelli, M., Keesing, S. and Aoun, S. (2010), Occupational therapy in palliative care: Is it under-utilised in Western Australia?. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal, 57: 301–309. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1630.2009.00843.x
- Issue online: 21 JUN 2010
- Version of Record online: 21 JUN 2010
- Accepted for publication 10 November 2009.
- occupational therapy;
- palliative care;
- qualitative research
Aim: To explore potential barriers to occupational therapy in palliative care in Western Australia, as perceived by occupational therapists and other health professionals.
Method: A qualitative research methodology was used. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 10 occupational therapists and 10 health professionals (including a physiotherapist, a social worker, medical registrars and clinical nurses). Interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using content analysis.
Results: The four main themes identified were: inconsistent understanding of the contribution that occupational therapists can make to palliative care, insufficient promotion of the potential contribution of occupational therapy, insufficient funding, and limited research on the role of occupational therapy in palliative care.
Conclusion: This study provides an understanding of the barriers that have limited occupational therapists’ involvement in providing palliative care in Western Australia.