Developing a new qualified occupational therapy program in Ukraine: A needs assessment

The Erasmus+ Project UKROTHE aims to increase the knowledge about occupational therapy, which will be translated into an updated bachelor program for occupational therapy assistants and additional master programmes. Three Ukrainian higher education institutions will intensively work together with different European countries. In a first phase of this project, a needs assessment was conducted in order to make sure that the new curriculum also takes into account the specific needs of the country. 180 students completed a questionnaire and 40 stakeholders were interviewed. These results revealed three implications to take into account when developing and implementing the curriculum: (a) the need for practice-oriented education; (b) the need to raise awareness and share information on occupational therapy in Ukraine; and (c) the opportunity to broaden the current physical focus still inspired by the medical model for rehabilitation.

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