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Occupational Therapy in Sweden and Legislation for Practice

Is you want to learn more about Occupational Therapy in Sweden and legislation for practice - please see the section English to the left, and especially Professional issues.

Competence Descriptions for Occupational Therapists

The Council of The Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists adopted new competence despriptions for occupational therapists in 2015. The purpose of the competence descriptions is to clarify for employers, politicians and the general public what demands they can place on occupational therapists practicing their profession. Please find the descriptions here (English).

Vision and Strategies

Our comprehensive document on vision and strategies covers strategies that point the way forward for the Swedish Association of Occupational therapists in both the short and long term. Please find the document here (English).

Position Statements and Articles

The Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists regularly adopts new position statements and publishes articles in news media on issues relevant for the profession. The position statements and articles are in Swedish and can be found here. One of our recent position statements is translated into English - The Role of Occupational Therapists in the Reception of Newly Arrived Refugees (pdf).

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Dialogue about Working Ability (DWA), version 4.0/2013 

Authors: Iréne Linddahl, Lic. of Ph. OTR, Department for Rehabilitation at the School of Health Sciences, University of Jönköping, Sweden and Eva Norrby, Reg.O.T, Master of caring Sciences, the Municipality of Jönköping, Sweden.

Dialogue about Working Ability (DWA), provides a great deal of support both for the client and the occupational therapist in assessing the client’s ability to work and rehabilitating. The target group is people of working age. One starting point for the development of the DWA was the lack of tools to assess an individual’s ability to work, above all for the large number of people with long-term sick-leave and who, thereby, have no recent history of work experience and/or work situations to relate to. DWA focuses on participation through an individual’s assessment of his/her ability to work, as well as in the dialogue with an occupational therapist on the results of self-assessment (34 questions) and the occupational therapist assessment. Repeated assessments can lead to changes in the client’s ability to work being traced in relation to the goals formulated in the rehabilitation programme. DWA is based on A Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and has, with favourable results, been subjected to trials concerning concepts’ validity and reliablity. 

Finding New Ways - an evidence based health education programme for elderly persons with age-related macular degeneration. Manual and instrument (2006).

Author: Synneve Dahlin Ivanoff, Professor, Reg. Occuaptional Therapist at Sahlgrenska Academy, Gothenburg University, Sweden.

The programme ”Finding new ways”, for older people who have age-related macular degeneration has been developed, first and foremost, for use in primary health care or, alternatively, by occupational therapists collaborating with a vision care centre. A theoretical section with a review of the theoretical background, a description of educa-tional means, and goals, are included in the publication. 

This publication is primarily intended for guidance and as a teaching aid together with the user’s manual ”Finding new ways – information for elderly persons with macular degeneration”. The assessment ”Perceived security in daily activities” is described, complete with manual and questionnaire.

Occupational Gaps Questionnaire (OGQ), version 1.0/2013

Author: Gunilla Eriksson, PhD, Reg. Occupational Therapist

The assessment ”Occupational Gaps Questionnaire (OGQ)” can facilitate gathering information about, and understanding the client’s situation with respect to daily occupations. OGQ measures:
1) to what extent an individual performs activities he or she wants to perform, and 
2) to what extent the same individual does not perform activities he or she does not want to perform. The assessment is designed as a self-report inventory in which clients fill in the instrument independently. The assessment is best used early in the contact with a client as support for formulating the goals of an intervention. OGQ has been used by occupational therapists in research and clinical work. The assessment can be used for adults with disabilities as well as persons who are in close contact with persons with disabilities. Based on the testing already carried out on the assessment, it is most likely that the assessment should work regardless of the client’s disability. The information collected by the assessment gives an overview of the clients’ perceptions of their participation in their everyday occupations. 

The School Setting Interview (SSI), version 3.1/2014

Author: Helena Hemmingsson, Snæfríður Þóra Egilson, Helene Lidström & Gary Kielhofner (†).

Setting Interview (SSI) was developed to examine the level of student-environment fit of students with physical disabilities and facilitate the planning of occupational therapy interventions in school. SSI is specifically developed for students with physical disabilities who have some type of motor dysfunction. Although it can be used for students with other types of disabilities. SSI is a client-centred assessment intended for students from approximately 10 years of age and older. The SSI includes 16 items (i.e. questions) concerning everyday school activities where students with disabilities may need adjustments to be able to participate. Each item is scored using a four-step rating scale that enables the student and the therapist to jointly decide the level of student-environment fit. SSI is based on the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO) and the principles of client centred practice. According to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), environmental factors have an impact on body functions and body structures as well as activities and participation. The SSI explicitly focuses on how environmental factors influence activities and participation in school.

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Uppdaterad: 2018-09-04

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