The development of a workbook to explore meaningful occupations after life-changing events

Taylor, J and Jones, V 2017, 'The development of a workbook to explore meaningful occupations after life-changing events' , British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 80 (7) , pp. 440-447.

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Introduction: Following serious illness or other traumatic event, individuals can experience a disruption of identity. This is related to an altered ability to engage in the routines, interactions and occupations of everyday life. The meaningfulness of occupations and of life itself can be changed or diminished. Because engagement in occupations contributes to identity construction, a practical tool to systematically explore the unique meanings of particular occupations to an individual could be of value in helping to reestablish a positive way forward. The aim of this study was to develop such a therapeutic tool, based on a framework of ‘the occupied self’. Method: A participatory design approach was employed to engage the expertise of potential end-users of the tool: 6 occupational therapists in cancer services and 9 people living with cancer. The prototype ‘What Now’ workbook and associated guidance notes were incrementally developed over a period of 8 months. Results: The workbook was judged by the expert advisers to be relevant, useful and userfriendly with the potential to benefit carers, retirees and those recovering from lifechanging events and illness in a variety of ways. Conclusion: The final version of the ‘What Now’ workbook is now ready to be tested in practice.

Item Type: Article
Schools: Schools > School of Health and Society > Centre for Health Sciences Research
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0308-0226
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Depositing User: V Jones
Date Deposited: 15 May 2017 15:05
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2022 18:20

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