This Tuesday Emma Hall, Mary Birken, Mandy Graham and Sophie Faulkner host #OTalk – Mental Health Occupational Therapy outcomes in clinical practice and how to measure them.
Measuring the outcomes of mental health occupational therapy interventions is vital to demonstrate changes or improvements for people using our services, and the contribution of occupational therapy in meeting the objectives of clinical services, and assuring quality.
HCPC state in their standards of proficiency for occupational therapists, that they must:
“be able to evaluate intervention plans using recognised outcome measures and revise the plans as necessary in conjunction with the service user” (HCPC, 2013)
Despite this, there are no recent published papers regarding mental health occupational therapy outcome measurement in the last five years, to guide best practice. Studies indicate that outcome measurement is not routine practice (Birken, Couch and Morley, 2018; Morley, 2014). There is debate over which outcomes should we measure in occupational therapy clinical practice in mental health. How do we ensure outcome measurement tools used are meaningful and important to those using the service and the service?
This Otalk aims to generate discussion about what outcomes of occupational therapy interventions in mental health are important to service users and the clinical services, and how we should measure these and report these.
1) Why is it important to measure outcomes within occupational therapy?
2) What are the challenges to using outcome measures within mental health practice?
3)What outcome measures are you currently using?
4) How can we ensure that outcome measurement is client centred and meaningful?
5)How can we demonstrate that occupational therapy outcomes contribute to the service objectives?
Birken, M., Couch, E. and Morley, M. (2017) Barriers and facilitators of participation in intervention research by mental health occupational therapists British Journal of Occupational Therapy 80 (9): 568-572.
Health and Care Professions Council (2013) The standards of proficiency for occupational therapists.
Morley, M. (2014) Evidencing What Works: Are Occupational Therapists Using Clinical Information Effectively? British Journal of Occupational Therapy 77 (12) 601-604.
Host: Emma Hall, @Emm_OT Mary Birken, @MaryBirken Mandy Graham @MandyGrahamOT and Sophie Faulkner @sleepOTsophie
Support on the OTalk account: Gill @gilliancrossley
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