The evidence base for occupational therapy in mental health: more systematic reviews are needed

Katrina Bannigan, Hannah Spring

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To shape its work, the Research Centre for Occupation & Mental Health is interested in research priorities. Systematic reviews develop an overview of the research available about an intervention, which can provide evidence to underpin practice. They also however, identify gaps in the knowledge base and so are useful for research-prioritization exercises. A rigorous literature search identified only four systematic reviews about occupational therapy in mental health, which suggests that more are needed to underpin practice. This article also explains a six-stage process for conducting a systematic review that can be used by occupational therapists in mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-339
Number of pages19
JournalOccupational Therapy in Mental Health
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Dec 2012



  • systematic reviews
  • research
  • mental health
  • occupational therapy

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