Occupational Health Research

Occupational Health Research

The Study

The results presented in this report are derived from data from 5 Occupational Health programmes in which individuals were allocated Bowen Therapy. A sample of 778 Bowen Therapy clients were treated across the 5 different Occupational Health initiatives. The data was collected during the period February 2006 to September 2010 reflecting the differing time period in which each Occupational Health initiative was implemented. A total of 643 differing primary presenting conditions were identified at entry. The 643 conditions were reclassified into 5 broad illness categories:

  • Musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions
  • Mental health and behavioural disorders
  • Injury
  • Nervous system
  • Other

The ages of recipients ranged from 19 to 67 years – 60% female, 40% male.

In order to capture changes in self-reported health, clients assess their health limitations using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) at both entry and discharge. COPM represents a standardised assessment tool in which clients are asked to consider their occupational capabilities in terms of performance and satisfaction. Clients were offered and attended an average of 5 sessions.

The Results

The results showed significant clinical improvement in the client’s occupational abilities after Bowen treatment. They also showed a significant improvement in general health and wellbeing and high client satisfaction with the treatment.

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