Mental health consumer participation in undergraduate occupational therapy student assessment: no negative impact

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Logan, Alexandra, Yule, Elisa, Taylor, Michael W. and Im, Christine. (2018). Mental health consumer participation in undergraduate occupational therapy student assessment: no negative impact. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal. 65(6), pp. 494 - 502. https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12484
AuthorsLogan, Alexandra, Yule, Elisa, Taylor, Michael W. and Im, Christine
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Background/aim Australian accreditation standards for occupational therapy courses require consumer participation in the design, delivery and evaluation of programs. This study investigated whether a mental health consumer – as one of two assessors for an oral assessment in a mental health unit – impacted engagement, anxiety states and academic performance of undergraduate occupational therapy students. Methods Students (n = 131 eligible) self‐selected into two groups but were blinded to the group differences (assessor panel composition) until shortly prior to the oral assessment. Control group assessors were two occupational therapy educators, while consumer group assessors included an occupational therapy educator and a mental health consumer. Results Pre‐ and post‐assessment data were successfully matched for 79 students (overall response rate = 73.1%). No evidence was found of significant differences between the two groups for engagement, anxiety or academic performance (all P values >0.05). Conclusion Including mental health consumers as assessors did not negatively impact student engagement and academic performance, nor increase student anxiety beyond that typically observed in oral assessment tasks. The findings provide support for expanding the role of mental health consumers in the education and assessment of occupational therapy students. Development of methods to determine the efficacy of consumer involvement remains an area for future research.

Keywordsaccreditation; consumer participation; curriculum; mental health; occupational therapy education
Year2018
JournalAustralian Occupational Therapy Journal
Journal citation65 (6), pp. 494 - 502
PublisherJohn Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd
ISSN1440-1630
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1111/1440-1630.12484
Page range494 - 502
Research GroupSchool of Allied Health
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Place of publicationAustralia
EditorsA. Cusick
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