Jackie Fox, QUESTS Marketing and Communication Working Group member, presented the results of a systematic review and narrative synthesis at the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (UK) Annual Conference in Belfast on the 13th of June. The subject was the effectiveness of occupational therapy interventions for improving outcomes for people with anxiety and stress-related disorders. Jackie used the theoretical underpinning of the varied occupational therapy interventions found in the review as the basis for the narrative synthesis. While some studies were small and not of high quality, there is emerging evidence that interventions facilitated by occupational therapists using a skill-building approach can be effective in improving functioning for people with anxiety, particularly with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Other promising interventions targeted occupational balance to reduce stress for working women.
Jackie is a lecturer in Occupational Therapy within the School of Health Sciences at NUI Galway.