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A Survey on the Awareness of Occupational Therapists by the Adult Day Care Center Staff in Korea: Focusing on Managers or Center Directors

국내 노인 주간보호시설 종사자의 작업치료사에 대한 인식조사 : 관리자 또는 시설장을 중심으로

  • Kim, Min-Ho (Universal Occupational Therapy Institute) ;
  • Park, Sung-Ho (Dept. of Occupational Therapy, Kyungnam College of Information & Technology)
  • 김민호 (유니버셜작업치료연구소) ;
  • 박성호 (경남정보대학교 작업치료과)
  • Received : 2020.11.04
  • Accepted : 2020.12.24
  • Published : 2021.02.28

Abstract

Purpose : This study aims to investigate the awareness of occupational therapists among managers and directors of adult day care centers in Korea to explore the cause of the low employment rate of these therapists and offer the results as basic data that can be used to expand occupational therapy at adult day care centers. Methods : This study collected data by conducting an online questionnaire with managers and directors of adult day care centers located in Seoul, Busan, Incheon, Daejeon, Gwangju, and Ulsan. A total of 70 completed questionnaires were divided into two groups a 'group with experience in occupational therapy information (OT experience)' and a 'group with no experience in occupational therapy information (OT inexperience)' and analyzed. Results : First, the 'OT experience' was found to have higher levels of awareness of the scope of work of occupational therapists than the 'OT inexperience'. Second, significant differences were found in the degree of awareness and necessity of occupational therapists and plans to employ occupational therapists later between the 'OT experience' and the 'OT inexperience'. Third, it was shown that there were significant correlations between whether the respondents were familiar with occupational therapy and the degree of awareness and necessity of occupational therapists and plans to employ occupational therapists later. Conclusion : Based on these findings, the following measures are recommended to expand the area of occupational therapy in adult day care centers, the need for occupational therapists should be mentioned in the health and welfare-related education for workers at these adult day care centers, policies such as a medical fee system for occupational therapy at these adult day care centers should be prepared.

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