Content analysis: Mental health staff viewpoints on the barriers and facilitators to leisure engagement in mental health inpatient units

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Levick, Jessica, Broome, Kieran, Oprescu, Florin and Gray, Marion. 2023. "Content analysis: Mental health staff viewpoints on the barriers and facilitators to leisure engagement in mental health inpatient units." Occupational Therapy Australia 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023. Cairns, Australia 20 Jun - 21 Jul 2023 Australia.
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Content analysis: Mental health staff viewpoints on the barriers and facilitators to leisure engagement in mental health inpatient units

Presentation TypePresentation
AuthorsLevick, Jessica, Broome, Kieran, Oprescu, Florin and Gray, Marion
Journal or Proceedings TitleAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Journal Citation70 (1), pp. 136-137
Number of Pages2
Year2023
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN0045-0766
1440-1630
Web Address (URL) of Paperhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/epdf/10.1111/1440-1630.12873
Web Address (URL) of Conference Proceedingshttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/toc/14401630/2023/70/S1
Conference/EventOccupational Therapy Australia 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023
Event Details
Occupational Therapy Australia 30th National Conference and Exhibition 2023
Parent
Conference on Occupational Therapy Australia
Delivery
In person
Event Date
20 Jun 2023 to end of 21 Jul 2023
Event Location
Cairns, Australia
Event Venue
Cairns Convention Centre
Abstract

Introduction: There are limited therapeutic occupational and psychological interventions provided to inpatients in mental health units. This can be because of a lack of resources or limited staffing causing occupational deprivation and limited cognitive stimulation.

Objective: This study aimed to explore multi-disciplinary staff's perceptions of the barriers and facilitators of leisure activity offered in inpatient units.

Method: A total of 45 participants completed an online anonymous survey through Survey Monkey which explored current barriers and activities offered within mental health inpatient units they currently service. Surveys were analysed through a combination of descriptive analysis and qualitative content analysis.

Results: Most participants (97%) described a lack of meaningful occupation offered to consumers. Consumers that are inpatients are typically found bored and traditional activities such as arts or crafts were the main activities offered. Some of the issues identified by staff included a lack of/availability of staff, priorities during shift, ‘staff willingness to engage with consumers’, staff within the multidisciplinary team's lack of understanding of each other's roles and splitting behaviours with consumers. Low staff morale and lack of collegiality within the workplace environment were suggested as an ongoing barrier.

Conclusion: Participants were predominately occupational therapists who suggested that there is a need for the entire multi-disciplinary team to facilitate purposeful activity in an inpatient unit. Participants suggested that a large proportion of activities offered are traditional arts and crafts which are typically not matched to the interests of consumers.

ANZSRC Field of Research 2020420104. Occupational therapy
4206. Public health
420313. Mental health services
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Byline AffiliationsUniversity of Southern Queensland
Good to Better, Australia
University of the Sunshine Coast
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