Occupational Therapy in the bereavement process: A meta-synthesis.

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    • Affiliation:
      Ph D Student at the Post-Graduate Programme of Occupational Therapy, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
      Associate professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil
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    • Abstract:
      Introduction: Bereavement is a complex process characterised by a state of grief and suffering, which impacts the health and well-being of the bereaved, and extends to their occupational performance. Thus, occupation can be understood to be central in the expression of bereavement after the death of a loved one as it mediates identity formation, interpersonal relationships, a sense of belonging, and future perspectives. Purpose: To review English and Portuguese literature and identify how occupational therapists perceive and/or intervene in the bereavement process. Method: A meta-synthesis was conducted by database search and article analysis. Results and Discussion: Eight qualitative style articles were analysed. From these, three categories were derived from the content analysis: 1) Relationship between study participants and the deceased; 2) Occupational repercussions of bereavement; and 3) Occupation as a means to an end in the therapy process of the bereaved. Conclusions: Although the need for studies of the bereavement process and its implications for occupations is urgent, this study points out that occupations can be predictors of understanding the elaboration process through occupational engagement and that they also act as a potential resource to construct meaning about the death of the loved one.
    • Journal Subset:
      Africa; Allied Health; Double Blind Peer Reviewed; Editorial Board Reviewed; Expert Peer Reviewed; Peer Reviewed
    • Special Interest:
      Evidence-Based Practice
    • ISSN:
      0038-2337
    • MEDLINE Info:
      NLM UID: 20920160R
    • Publication Date:
      20181221
    • Publication Date:
      20181221
    • Accession Number:
      http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2017/vol48n3a3
    • Accession Number:
      133620095
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      FERREIRA DAHDAH, D.; TORKOMIAN JOAQUIM, R. H. V. Occupational Therapy in the bereavement process: A meta-synthesis. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, [s. l.], v. 48, n. 3, p. 12–18, 2018. DOI 10.17159/2310-3833/2017/vol48n3a3. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=133620095&custid=s6224580. Acesso em: 18 fev. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Ferreira Dahdah D, Torkomian Joaquim RHV. Occupational Therapy in the bereavement process: A meta-synthesis. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2018;48(3):12-18. doi:10.17159/2310-3833/2017/vol48n3a3.
    • APA:
      Ferreira Dahdah, D., & Torkomian Joaquim, R. H. V. (2018). Occupational Therapy in the bereavement process: A meta-synthesis. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 48(3), 12–18. https://doi.org/10.17159/2310-3833/2017/vol48n3a3
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Ferreira Dahdah, Daniel, and Regina Helena Vitale Torkomian Joaquim. 2018. “Occupational Therapy in the Bereavement Process: A Meta-Synthesis.” South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 48 (3): 12–18. doi:10.17159/2310-3833/2017/vol48n3a3.
    • Harvard:
      Ferreira Dahdah, D. and Torkomian Joaquim, R. H. V. (2018) ‘Occupational Therapy in the bereavement process: A meta-synthesis’, South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, 48(3), pp. 12–18. doi: 10.17159/2310-3833/2017/vol48n3a3.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Ferreira Dahdah, D & Torkomian Joaquim, RHV 2018, ‘Occupational Therapy in the bereavement process: A meta-synthesis’, South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 48, no. 3, pp. 12–18, viewed 18 February 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Ferreira Dahdah, Daniel, and Regina Helena Vitale Torkomian Joaquim. “Occupational Therapy in the Bereavement Process: A Meta-Synthesis.” South African Journal of Occupational Therapy, vol. 48, no. 3, Dec. 2018, pp. 12–18. EBSCOhost, doi:10.17159/2310-3833/2017/vol48n3a3.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Ferreira Dahdah, Daniel, and Regina Helena Vitale Torkomian Joaquim. “Occupational Therapy in the Bereavement Process: A Meta-Synthesis.” South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 48, no. 3 (December 2018): 12–18. doi:10.17159/2310-3833/2017/vol48n3a3.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Ferreira Dahdah D, Torkomian Joaquim RHV. Occupational Therapy in the bereavement process: A meta-synthesis. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy [Internet]. 2018 Dec [cited 2020 Feb 18];48(3):12–8. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=ccm&AN=133620095&custid=s6224580