Occupational therapy and dementia care: A survey of practice in the Republic of Ireland
McGrath and O’Callaghan (2014) used an online survey to consider practice among Occupational Therapists (OTs) in ROI working with people who have dementia, or carers of someone with dementia. They examine the reported practices in the context of a growing body of research in this area. The authors report a gap between practice in Ireland and the research, for example, most therapists assess performance components rather than occupational participation; non standardised functional assessments were used; interventions to address behavioural and psychological symptoms were generally not used. They recommend a global occupational therapy strategy for knowledge translation in dementia care and that future research should focus on developing and evaluating interventions to support translation of research to practice for people with dementia.
MCGRATH, M. and O’CALLAGHAN, C. 2014. Occupational therapy and dementia care: A survey of practice in the Republic of Ireland. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 61, pp. 92–101