Mindfulness in occupational therapy practice

Reid, D., Farragher, J., & Ok, C. (2013). Exploring Mindfulness With Occupational Therapists Practicing in Mental Health Contexts. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 29(3), 279-292. Abstract.

Mindfulness, defined as “a purposeful, non-anxious, reflective presence,” has been identified as a potentially key practice skill of effective health care practitioners working in mental-health settings. The purpose of this mixed-methods study was to explore the cultivation and use of mindfulness in the clinical practice and everyday lives of occupational therapists who practice in mental health.

Results revealed that mindfulness is perceived as being an important clinical quality, which enhances therapist well-being and effectiveness, and contributes to improved client outcomes. Relevance to occupational therapy practice philosophies and directions for future research are discussed.


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