Occupation-based practice (OBP) is central to the practice of occupational therapists where occupations or meaningful activities become the focus of the assessment, intervention, and outcomes measurement process. Although occupational therapists practising in Thailand claim that they engage in OBP, this claim warrants empirical investigation. This study aimed to investigate the experiences and perceptions of hospital-based occupational therapists of OBP within stroke rehabilitation. Utilizing a qualitative design, fourteen occupational therapists were recruited through purposive sampling. Data were collected through semi-structured interviews until data saturation was reached. Each interview was recorded and transcribed verbatim, and data were analyzed using thematic analysis. Five themes were identified (1) Perspective towards OBP, (2) OBP as professional value and cultural identity, (3) Implementing OBP for stroke rehabilitation in hospital settings, (4) Environmental factors of using OBP in stroke rehabilitation, and (5) OBP in the service management. Occupational therapists perceived that OBP is important for professional identity. Using OBP provides positive changes in stroke clients. This study provides evidence that will help implement OBP into occupational therapy in Thailand.
occupation-based practice, stroke rehabilitation, occupational therapists, phenomenology
This research project was supported by Faculty of Physical Therapy, Mahidol University, Thailand, grant number 0517.391 (4.2)/027, 2015.
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Kaunnil, A., Sansri, V., Thongchoomsin, S., Permpoonputtana, K., Juntorn, S., Jarvis, K., Reyes Smith, C., Palapal Sy, M., Griffiths, J., Nopparat, C., & Thichanpiang, P. (2023). Delivering Occupation-Based Practice in Stroke Rehabilitation of Hospital Settings: Thai Occupational Therapists’ Experiences. The Qualitative Report, 28(1), 252-268. https://doi.org/10.46743/2160-3715/2023.5591