“Weighing my options” Clients experience of occupational therapy in obesity rehabilitation
Sammanfattning: Obesity is rising at an alarming rate. The aim of this study was to ask clients in obesity rehabilitation how they experience the role of occupational therapy in the program. A focus group was used and the obesity rehabilitation at Reykjalundur Rehabilitation was chosen as a scene for this study. It is a group program and clients are expected to view their opinions during the diverse sessions of the rehabilitation. The criteria for entering the focus group were participation in occupational therapy as both in- and out-patient. A semi-structured guide was formed using the outlines of the program. A content analysis was made and the recurring themes were noted. The clients had little knowledge of occupational therapy before entering the program. At the out-patient clinic, they learned how to structure their activities. As in-patients they learned about prioritizing meaningful activities and goal setting. The use of arts/crafts and relaxation in the occupational therapy was a pleasant experience. After five weeks as in-patients, the members of the focus group stated the need for support in maintaining structure in daily activities.
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