What happened to the time? The relationship of occupational therapy to time

Pemberton, Sue and Cox, Diane ORCID logo ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2691-6423 (2011) What happened to the time? The relationship of occupational therapy to time. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 74 (2). pp. 78-85. Full text not available from this repository.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.4276/030802211X12971689814043


Introduction: Time has a reciprocal relationship with occupation: each helps to define and give meaning to the other. This paper explores how this interconnection has been embraced within occupational therapy.

Method: Literature from a variety of disciplines was critically reviewed, in order to discern how occupational therapy has engaged with the temporal dimensions of occupation since its inception and the relevance of time to current practice.

Findings and discussion: Although theoretical discussions demonstrate the importance of aspects of time within occupation, there has been only limited translation of these into occupational therapy practice. Aspects of time use, tempo and temporality are discussed in relation to their application to clinical practice. As the pace of life increases and humanity's relationship with time changes, this presents the profession with both challenges and opportunities.

Conclusion: Time is a vital aspect of occupation. Occupational therapists need to return to core values of time awareness, rhythm and balance, because the profession once again needs to find time.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Publisher: College of Occupational Therapists
ISSN: 1477-6006
Departments: Professional Services > Research Office & Graduate School (ROGS)
Depositing User: Insight Administrator
Date Deposited: 26 Jan 2012 10:32
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 10:00
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1192
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