Physical disabilities in Asia: A meta-synthesis of qualitative literature written in English

Shamrock, H. Jane and Gray, Marion and Cameron, Melainie ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5788-8790 and Oprescu, Florin (2016) Physical disabilities in Asia: A meta-synthesis of qualitative literature written in English. British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 79 (9). pp. 565-573. ISSN 0308-0226


Abstract

Introduction: Research shows that occupational therapists and occupational therapy students are increasingly taking up positions in cross-cultural contexts where occupational form, social values and understanding of occupation are different to Western norms. It may be difficult for the occupational therapist to identify the implication of cultural differences. Method: This meta-synthesis investigated lived experience of physical disability in East and Southeast Asia with the aim of identifying local understandings of disability, using the technique of meta-ethnography as described by Noblit and Hare. Findings: Fourteen articles met the selection criteria and six overarching themes were identified concerning disability in Asia: theme (1), the influence of disability on relationships within primary groups; theme (2), journeys in resilience vary among individuals; theme (3), managing poor health makes disability difficult; theme (4), education is important and difficult for people with disabilities to achieve; theme (5), financial hardship is closely linked to disability; and theme (6), values and beliefs are enmeshed in the experiences of living with disabilities. Conclusion: There is a wide range of experiences of disability. Occupational therapy services and research may be more effective for people with disabilities in cross-cultural settings, when these factors are investigated and incorporated into practice.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
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Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2022 04:19
Last Modified: 21 Jan 2022 00:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: meta-synthesis, cross-cultural practice, disability, Asia, Clinical Sciences
Fields of Research (2008): 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1103 Clinical Sciences > 110321 Rehabilitation and Therapy (excl. Physiotherapy)
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified
11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111706 Epidemiology
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420104 Occupational therapy
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4202 Epidemiology > 420299 Epidemiology not elsewhere classified
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4201 Allied health and rehabilitation science > 420109 Rehabilitation
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420699 Public health not elsewhere classified
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0308022616640802
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/45103

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