The Challenges of Researching Participation
  • Lecture Theatre 2, Peninsula Allied Health Centre, Derriford Road, Plymouth (North campus)

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The School of Health Professions are pleased to invite you to their February lecture entitled 'The Challenges of Researching Participation' by Dr Katrina Bannigan, Associate Professor (Reader) in Occupational Therapy in the School of Health Professions, Plymouth University.

This presentation highlights the challenge of researching participation using a research programme, exploring the effectiveness of occupational therapy for people experiencing psychosis, as an exemplar.

In a multiple case study of occupational therapy in assertive outreach services, service user researchers identified that occupational therapists contribute to the recovery of people with severe mental illness. In designing a study to test this finding it became clear that participation, although a construct of International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health (ICF) (WHO 2001), is not well operationalised.

Two systematic reviews had to be conducted to understand how to measure participation, and the findings from these have been used to design the measurement strategy that is currently being tested in the Participation through Occupational Intervention Effectiveness Research study; a feasibility study of the effect of occupational therapy in enabling individuals with a diagnosis of psychosis, living in the community, to improve their participation in activities of everyday life.

Dr Katrina Bannigan is an occupational therapist whose career to date has predominately focused on increasing research in occupational therapy, specifically with adults who live with mental health problems and particularly exploring the effectiveness of occupational therapy for people experiencing psychosis.

Everybody is welcome to attend, just turn up on the day!

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