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Can J Occup Ther. 2017 Apr;84(2):98-110. doi: 10.1177/0008417416688709. Epub 2017 Apr 18.

Occupation-based practices and homelessness: A scoping review.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness have occupational needs that are seldom addressed in the Canadian system of care. The lack of documented evidence on occupational therapy practices in this field hinders the development of the profession.

PURPOSE:

This article identifies current and potential practices that aim to enable or support the occupations of persons experiencing or at risk of homelessness.

METHOD:

A scoping review was conducted, including evidence from both occupational therapy and non-occupational therapy sources.

FINDINGS:

One hundred and seventy-eight papers were selected in the areas of occupational performance skills training, enrichment of occupational repertoire, employment/education, physical rehabilitation services, child/family services, community building, occupational transition from homeless to housed, literacy, and disaster relief.

IMPLICATIONS:

Occupational therapists can build environments and create opportunities that facilitate occupational engagement of individuals experiencing homelessness. Gaps in knowledge include the evaluation of occupational therapy practices, the Canadian context of family homelessness, and the cultural safety of occupational therapy interventions.

KEYWORDS:

Emploi; Employment; Engagement; Housing; Occupational justice; Transition; justice occupationnelle; logement; participation; transition

PMID:
28420244
DOI:
10.1177/0008417416688709
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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