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The value and meaning of an instrumental occupation performed in a clinical setting
Kalmar County Hospital, Kalmar, Sweden.
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden & Faculty of Health and Society, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden.
Department of Health Sciences, Lund University, Lund, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5865-2632
2010 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 17, no 1, p. 4-9Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim was to investigate how patients in a clinical setting, combining acute stroke care and rehabilitation, perceived the value and meaning attached to a commonly used instrumental occupation, namely "Brewing coffee and making an open-face cheese sandwich with sliced vegetable". Another aim was to validate the ValMO model, proposing that value and meaning are related phenomena. Upon performing the occupation, 38 participants answered questionnaires concerning perceived meaning and occupational value. The results showed that the occupation was highly valued by the participants and that it was perceived as meaningful. No age or gender differences were found. The findings confirmed the proposed link between value and meaning. In conclusion, a commonly used and supposedly meaningful occupation was indeed found to be valued and meaningful by the patients and the findings validated the targeted aspects of the ValMO model. This study was unique in its focus on value and meaning in a clinical context. Futures studies should clarify if the link between meaningful occupation and well-being, which has been shown in many studies of everyday situations and is another of the assumptions in the ValMO model, can be proved in clinical contexts as well. © 2010 Informa UK Ltd.

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London: Informa Healthcare, 2010. Vol. 17, no 1, p. 4-9
Keywords [en]
Meaningful occupation, occupational therapy, validation
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Occupational Therapy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-39562DOI: 10.3109/11038120802714880ISI: 000278022400001PubMedID: 19191071Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-77649161190OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-39562DiVA, id: diva2:1338247
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Vårdal Foundation
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Funding Agency: Kalmar County Hospital 

The information about affiliations in this record was updated in December 2015. The record was previously connected to the following departments: The Vårdal Institute (016540000), Division of Occupational Therapy (Closed 2012) (013025000)

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