Mental health evidence in the american journal of occupational therapy

Mariana D'Amico, Lynn Jaffe, Robert W. Gibson

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We reviewed the mental health articles published in the American Journal of Occupational Therapy (AJOT) from 2008 through 2009 in light of meeting the Centennial Vision charge of supporting practice through evidence. Seven articles that addressed mental health practice were published in AJOT rover these years. Review of the articles found that only two addressed effectiveness of occupational therapy intervention; one was rated as Level Il evidence, and the other was rated as Level V evidence. Two articles addressed instrument development and testing. Three articles were basic research studies that expanded consideration about the needs of people with mental health conditions. Scholars and clinicians have begun to embrace the charge of the Centennial Vision to support practice with evidence and continue to embrace mental health practice but have a distance to travel. We hope that in the coming years, the profession will see more evidence published in AJOT supporting mental health as practiced by occupational therapists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)660-669
Number of pages10
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2010


  • Evidence-based practice
  • Mental health services
  • Occupational therapy
  • Professional practice
  • Review

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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