It is planned that the occupational therapists working in the Older People’s Service at The Retreat will be participating in research to examine the psychometric properties and clinical utility of a UK specific version of the Activity Card Sort (ACS: Baum & Edwards 2001; 2008) with a sample of in-patients. The ACS is a self-report measure of occupational engagement that requires older adults to sort photographs, of other older people performing a range of activities, into different categories of engagement.
Dr Alison Laver-Fawcett (Head of Programme for the full-time BHSc (Hons) Occupational Therapy programme at York St John University) and Sarah Mallinson (research assistant) have been conducting a content validity study this past year and we have offered to assist with the further development of the ACS-UK. Following a positive discussion at the Retreat’s Research committee in June 2011, joint applications are planned to ethics committees, both at the Retreat and IRAS, in the early autumn with the intention to begin the research later in 2011.
The Retreat has four older people’s units that cater for people with a range of mental health problems. It is hoped that the format of using photographs of occupations will provide opportunities for narrative and reminiscence as well as providing an easy to use assessment tool which could be used for both descriptive and evaluative assessments.
Joyce Latimer (Senior OT), Katherine Allen Unit, The Retreat
Karen Heaslip (left) and Maureen Horsley (right) The Retreat
Reference: Mallinson S (2010) Website: York St John University Last accessed 27th January 2011 http://w3.yorksj.ac.uk/rcomh-1/rcomh/research-programmes/occupation-and-older-peoples/activity-card-sort-project.aspx