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Changing demographic trends among South African occupational therapists : 2002 to 2018

dc.contributor.authorNed, Lieketsengen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorTiwari, Ritikaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorBuchanan, Helenen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorVan Niekerk, Lanaen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorSherry, Kateen_ZA
dc.contributor.authorChikte, Usufen_ZA
dc.date.accessioned2020-03-25T12:26:46Z
dc.date.available2020-03-25T12:26:46Z
dc.date.issued2020-03-20
dc.identifier.citationNed, L. et al. 2020. Changing demographic trends among South African occupational therapists : 2002 to 2018. Human Resources for Health, 18:22, doi:10.1186/s12960-020-0464-3.
dc.identifier.issn1478-4491 (online)
dc.identifier.otherdoi:10.1186/s12960-020-0464-3
dc.identifier.urihttps://doi.org/10.1186/s12960-020-0464-3
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/107644
dc.descriptionCITATION: Ned, L. et al. 2020. Changing demographic trends among South African occupational therapists : 2002 to 2018. Human Resources for Health, 18:22, doi:10.1186/s12960-020-0464-3.
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at https://human-resources-health.biomedcentral.com
dc.description.abstractBackground: South Africa’s quadruple burden of disease, coupled with health system challenges and other factors, predicts a high burden of disability within the population. Human Resources for Health policy and planning need to take account of this challenge. Occupational therapists are part of the health rehabilitation team, and their supply and status in the workforce need to be better understood. Methods: The study was a retrospective record-based review of the Health Professions Council of South Africa database from 2002 to 2018. The data obtained from the Health Professions Council of South Africa was analysed for the following variables: geographical location, population groups, age, practice type and sex. Data was entered on a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet and analysed using the Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS version 22.0). Results: In 2018, there were 5180 occupational therapists registered with the Health Professions Council of South Africa with a ratio of 0.9 occupational therapists per 10 000 population. There has been an average annual increase of 7.1% over the time period of 2002–2018. The majority of occupational therapists are located in the more densely populated and urbanised provinces, namely Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Most of the registered occupational therapists are under the age of 40 years (67.7%). The majority (66%) are classified as white followed by those classified as black and coloured. Females make up 95% of the registered occupational therapists. Nationally, 74.8% of occupational therapists are deployed in the private sector catering for 16% of the population while approximately 25.2% are employed in the public sector catering for 84% of the population. Conclusions: Under-resourcing and disparities in the profile and distribution of occupational therapy human resources remain an abiding concern which negatively impacts on rehabilitation service provision and equitable health and rehabilitation outcomes.en_ZA
dc.format.extent12 pages ; illustrations
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherBioMed Central
dc.subjectOccupational therapists -- South Africa -- Twenty-first centuryen_ZA
dc.subjectOccupational therapy -- South Africa -- Twenty-first centuryen_ZA
dc.subjectLabor supply -- South Africa -- Twenty-first centuryen_ZA
dc.titleChanging demographic trends among South African occupational therapists : 2002 to 2018en_ZA
dc.typeArticle
dc.date.updated2020-03-22T04:43:11Z
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