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Exploring Occupational Therapy contributions for adults with ADHD and substance use disorder
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Community Medicine and Rehabilitation, Occupational Therapy.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Introduction: Occupational Therapy (OT) models explicitly emphasize client collaboration, empowering them as experts in their own capacity to solve everyday life problems. Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) combined with Substance Use Disorder (ADHD+SUD) are frequent users of health care and institutional services. Their everyday life function is often chronically impaired.

Aim: To explore how OT assessments are perceived and applied among community service providers working with adults with ADHD + SUD in everyday life activities.

Method: This is a qualitative study using focus group design and inductive content analysis. An open-ended, three stage interview guide was used that allowed topics to develop while conducting four group discussions, including four to five participants with personal; private and/or professional experience, referred to as service providers (SP’s).

Results: Three themes evolved: Limitations, such as limited specialist ADL knowledge, time restraints and limited access to OT interventions. Professional isolation, lack of contact with other treatment providing professions to discuss ADL function in teams and network meetings. Good examples for improved cooperation were given, of efficiency and satisfaction when specialized occupational therapists (SOT’s) participate in teams and present results from OT assessments, and introduce ADL strategies including using cognitive assistive technology (CAT’s).

Implications: SOT assessments are useful in multimodal, cross-organisational teams, e.g. as an aid for determining financial aid and resource needs. Better cooperation between professionals assisting patients with ADHD + SUD, and better inclusion of SOT’s in team discussions, including ADL follow-up assessments would improve care for the service users. 

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 43
Series
Rand Christman
Keywords [en]
ADHD+SUD, Specialized Occupational Therapy
National Category
Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-146045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-146045DiVA, id: diva2:1193731
External cooperation
Department of Clinical Neuroscience, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm
Educational program
Master's Programme in Occupational Therapy
Presentation
, Storsten PL 281, Norrtälje
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Available from: 2018-05-30 Created: 2018-03-27 Last updated: 2018-05-30Bibliographically approved

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