Sy, Michael P., Nobuo Ohshima, & Ma. Patricia Nicole R. Roraldo (2018) The role of Filipino occupational therapists in substance addiction and rehabilitation: A Q-methodology. Occupational Therapy in Mental Health, 34(4), 367-388. (doi: 10.1080/0164212X.2018.1446206) (Link:

Abstract: More than the shortage of manpower, occupational therapists (OTs) in substance addiction and rehabilitation (SAR) practice have remained underused and misunderstood in the Philippines. This study aimed to identify the role of Filipino OTs in people with SUD based on the perspectives of OTs, mental health professionals, and former service users and carers in the community. Using Q-Methodology (QM), this research revealed a tripartite role for Filipino OTs in SAR: (a) “Promoter of occupational participation,” (b) “Collaborator to enhance participation and well-being,” and (c) “Facilitator of environmental supports for occupational participation.”

Michael P Sy <> is in the Department of Occupational Therapy, Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan.