The Analytical Survey Method; A valuable tool for evaluation and provision of efficient and effective Occupational Therapy services for a patient/client Population.

Dain van der Reyden, Sarah Wilson, Beth White


This paper describes the effective integration and application of a hybrid analytical survey method in order to obtain a substantive
profile and resource information about a patient/client population. Integrating the Vona du Toit Model of Creative Ability, the survey is
used as a primary tool for planning intervention, evaluation and planning in occupational therapy practice. The process has been used
extensively in action research in practices throughout South Africa and the United Kingdom and results have shown that it allows for
a more targeted and efficient provision of intervention and treatment. This paper briefly describes the development of the Analytical
Survey Method and details how the procedure is implemented using the example of its application in a UK mental healthcare facility.
Its contemporary relevance is highlighted in the context of healthcare challenges and the need to demonstrate efficient and effective
occupational therapy provision.

Key words: Occupational Therapy; analytical survey; analytical survey method: OT service planning and evaluation; Vona du Toit Model of
Creative Ability; action research: service efficiency

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