Occupational Therapy
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​Division of Occupational Therapy 


Academic staff in the Division of Occupational Therapy regularly publish in a number of different internationally recognised journals and books. Below is a list of some of our recent published work.

Journal articles


BUCHANAN H, VAN NIEKERK L, GRIMMER KA. Work Transition after hand injury: A scoping review. Journal of Hand Therapy 2021; 0:1-12.

BUCHANAN H, VAN NIEKERK L. Work transition after serious hand injury: Current occupational therapy practice in a middle-income country. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 2021; 0:1-14.

CHIMARA M, VAN NIEKERK L, VAN BILJON HM. Vocational rehabilitation for mental health service users with chronic mental illness in low-income to upper-middle-income countries: a scoping review protocol. BMJ Open 2021; 11:e047781.

DE KLERK SMLESCH HM. Community translation in the context of the translation and cross-cultural adaptation of patient reported outcome measures: a South African perspective. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2021; 51(2):104-106.

DE WIT M, GASKIN AE, COETZEE M, LOUW QA, PLASTOW NA. Navigating telerehabilitation for student training: Sharing experiences. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2021; 51(1):2-4.

DE WIT M, PLASTOW NA. Recommendations to Improve the Usability of Mobile Learning for Preschool Teachers in Africa: A Systematic Scoping Review. International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research 2021; 20(11):461-475.​

DUVENAGE CM, SWANEPOEL L, SMITH R, BALLANTYNE TJ, BURGER I, TSOTSA AI, SEHLAPELO SP, BREYTENBACH M, DUBE KR. Mobility transition of older adult populations in Worcester, South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2021; 51(1):6-8.

JACOBS-NZUZI KHUABI LJDE KLERK SM, TAPFUMA M. Occupational Therapy Intervention for Hemiplegic Shoulder Pain in Adults Post-Stroke: A Zimbabwean Pespective. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2021; 3(51):54-62.

MARUME M, DE KLERK SMJACOBS-NZUZI KHUABI LJ. Rehabilitation following flexor tendon injury to the hand in African countries: a study protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open 2021; 11:e045260.

MAVINDIDZE E, VAN NIEKERK LCLOETE LG. Inter-sectoral work practice in Zimbabwe: Professional competencies required by occupational therapists to facilitate work participation of persons with disabilities. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy 2021; 28(7):520-530.

MULLER JV, REARDON CR, HANEKOM SD, BESTER J, COETZEE F, DUBE KR, DU PLESSIS E, COUPER ID. Training for transformation: Opportunities and challenges for health workforce sustainability in developing a remote clinical training platform. Frontiers in Public Health 2021; 9:601026, 14 pages.

OPOKU EN, JACOBS-NZUZI KHUABI LJVAN NIEKERK L. Exploring the factors that affect the transition from student to health professional: an integrative review. BMC Medical Education 2021; 21(558):1-12.​

TSATSI IA, PLASTOW NA. Optimizing a Halfway House to Meet Mental Health Care Users' Occupational Needs . Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy-Revue Canadienne d Ergotherapie 2021; 88(4):352-364.

UNSWORTH C, DICKERSON A, GELINAS I, HARRIES P, MARGOT-CATTIN I, MAZER B, STAPLETON T, SWANEPOEL L, TIMMER A, VAN NIEKERK L, VRKLJAN B. Linking people and activities through community mobility: An international comparison of the mobility patterns of older drivers and non- drivers. Ageing & Society 2021; 0:1-26.​

VAN BILJON HM, VAN NIEKERK L. Community mobility and transport use of urban older adults who attend public healthcare in Gauteng,South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2021; 51(3):34-41.

VISSER E, DE KLERK SMJACOBS-NZUZI KHUABI LJ, JOUBERT MA. Occupation-based intervention in therapy for upper limb musculoskeletal conditions: A systematic review. Hand Therapy 2021; 0(0):1-13.


ABU MOSTAFA M, PLASTOW NA, SAVIN-BADEN M. The effectiveness of spinal cord injury ADL inpatient education on rehabilitation outcomes: A systematic review and meta-analysis. British Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020; 83(1):15-28. 

BURGER M, HOOSAIN MB, EINSPIELER C, UNGER M, NIEHAUS DJH. Maternal perinatal mental health and infant and toddler neurodevelopment - Evidence from low and middle-income countries. A systematic review. Journal of Affective Disorders 2020; 268:158-172. 

DE KLERK SM, VAN NIEKERK L, JEROSCH-HEROLD C, BUCHANAN H. Cognitive Interviewing during Pretesting of the Prefinal Afrikaans for the Western Cape Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand Questionnaire following Translation and cross-cultured Adaptation. Occupational Therapy International 2020; 2020:1-7. 

DE WIT M, PLASTOW NA. Usability of eLearning interventions for teachers and day care workers in Africa: a scoping review protocol. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020; 50(3):60-63. 

JACOBS-NZUZI KHUABI LJ, BESTER J. Occupational therapists' views on core competencies that graduates need to work in the field of neurology in a South African context. African Journal of Health Professions Education 2020; 12(1):36-40. 

MAVINDIDZE E, VAN NIEKERK L, CLOETE LG. Professional competencies required by occupational therapists to facilitate the participation of persons with mental disability in work: A review of the literature. Work 2020; 66(4):1-8. 

NED LY, TIWARI R, BUCHANAN H, VAN NIEKERK L, SHERRY K, CHIKTE UME. Changing demographic trends among South African occupational therapists: 2002 to 2018. Human Resources for Health 2020; 18(1):1-12. 

OBAIGWA E, CLOETE LG. Challenges to accessing crucial services in the management of children having Autism Spectrum Disorders: Caregivers' perspective in Kenya. Open Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health 2019; 4(1):31-39.

OPOKU EN, VAN NIEKERK L, JACOBS-NZUZI KHUABI LJ. Exploring the factors that affect new graduates' transition from student to health professionals: a systematic integrative review protocol. BMJ Open 2020; 10(8):1-5. 

PLASTOW NA, BESTER J. Embedding graduate attributes during occupational therapy curriculum development: A scoping review and qualitative research synthesis. Australian Occupational Therapy Journal 2020; 67(5):498-511. 

PRIOR S, MACIVER D, AAS RW, KIRSH B, LEXEN A, VAN NIEKERK L, IRVINE FITZPATRICK L, FORSYTH K. An enhanced individual placement and support (IPS) intervention based on the Model of Human Occupation (MOHO); a prospective cohort study. BMC Psychiatry 2020; 20(1):1-13.

REYNEKE LK, HOOSAIN MB. Dynamic Seating in Learners with Down's Syndrome in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020; 50(1):20-7.  

SWANEPOEL L, GROBLER Y, DE KLERK SM. The Content and Convergent Validity of Hirebright Cognitive Ability Test(H-CAT) as pre-employment measure in South Africa. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020; 50(2):4-10.

UYS ME, BUCHANAN H, VAN NIEKERK L. Return to Work for People with Hand Injuries in South Africa: Occupational Therapy Strategies. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020; 50(2):52-61. ​

UYS ME, CLOETE LG. The use of appreciative inquiry with mental health consumers- towards responsive occupational therapy programs. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2020; 50(1):12-19.

UYS ME, VAN NIEKERK L, BUCHANAN H. Work-related Transitions Following Hand Injury: Occupational Therapy Scoping Review. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy-Revue Canadienne d Ergotherapie 2020; 87(4):1-15.

VAN DER WALT J, PLASTOW NA, UNGER M. Motor skill intervention for pre-school children: A scoping review. African Journal of Disability 2020; 9(0):1-8.

VAN DER WALT J, PLASTOW NA, UNGER M. Prevalence of motor skill impairment among Grade R learners in the West Coast District of South Africa. South African Journal of Education 2020; 40(1):a1667, 8 pages.

VAN NIEKERK L, CASTELEIJN D, GOVINDJEE A, HOLNESS W, OBERHOLSTER J, GROBLER C. Conceptualising disability: Health and legal perspectives related to psychosocial disability and work. South African Journal of Bioethics and Law 2020; 13(1):43-51.


ADEBIYI BO, MUKUMBANG FC, CLOETE LG, BEYTELL A. Policymakers' Perspectives towards Developing a Guideline to Inform Policy on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder: A Qualitative Study. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 2019; 16(6): 945.

BOON AF, CARELSE MR, DE KLERK SM, ELOFF L, NAUDE Z, STEWART MN, ZAIDI SMM. Nonattendance of occupational and physiotherapy appointments at Western Cape Rehabilitation Centre: a description of associated factors. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019; 49(3):54-63.

BUTTLE NAUDE A, DE KLERK SM. Introducing early active mobilisation following flexor tendon repair in the context of care in a developing country: A randomised feasibility study. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019; 49(2):48-56.

CLOETE LG, OBAIGWA E. Lived experiences of caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. African Journal of Disability 2019; 8(0) :a435.

DE KLERK SM, JEROSCH-HEROLD C, BUCHANAN H, VAN NIEKERK L. Shared decision making and the practice of community translation in presenting a pre-final Afrikaans for the Western Cape Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) questionnaire: a proposal for improved translation and cross-cultural adaptation. Journal of Patient-Reported Outcomes 2019; 3(1):52.

HOOSAIN MBDE KLERK SM, BURGER M. Workplace-based rehabilitation for upper limb conditions in the South African context. South African Journal of Occupational Therapy 2019; 49(2):57-60.

HOOSAIN MBDE KLERK SM, BURGER M. Workplace-based rehabilitation of upper limb conditions: A systematic review. JOURNAL OF OCCUPATIONAL REHABILITATION 2019; 29(1): 175-193.

IKIUGU MN, PLASTOW NAVAN NIEKERK L. Eclectic Application of Theoretical Models in Occupational Therapy: Impact on Therapeutic Reasoning. Occupational Therapy in Health Care 2019; 33(3):286-305.

​JACOBS-NZUZI KHUABI LJ, SWART RE, SOEKER MS. A Service User Perspective Informing the Role of Occupational Therapy in School Transition Practice for High School Learners with TBI: An African Perspective. Occupational Therapy International 2019; 2019: 1-15.

PLASTOW NA, BOTHA UA, NIEHAUS DJH, KOEN L. The effect of an occupational therapy mental health day treatment centre on the use of inpatient services in the Western Cape, South Africa. DISABILITY AND REHABILITATION 2019; 41(16):1974-1980.

UYS ME, BUCHANAN H, VAN NIEKERK L. Strategies occupational therapists employ to facilitate work-related transitions for persons with hand injuries: A study protocol for a scoping review. BMJ Open 2019; 9(4):1-7.​

Book chapters


ENGELEN A, SILVA CR, MARTIN I, CLOETE LG, SCHILLER S, KAGWIZA JN, HENGELAAR R, CELIK Z. Community Development in Occupational Therapy Education: Learning from Global Experiences. In: saude S, Raposo MA, Pereira N, Rodrigues AI (eds.) Teaching and Learning Practices That Promote Sustainable Development and Active Citizenship, IGI Global, Pennsylvania, USA, 2021: 306-326.​


CLOETE LG, JAFTHA M, DUNCAN M. Decolonising imposed occupation: A preventative strategy for foetal alcohol spectrum disorder. In: van Bruggen JE, Kantartzis S, Pollard N (eds.) And a seed was planted Volume 1 - Theoretical views and shifting perspectives, Whiting and Birch, London, 2020: 181- 200.

health in rural and urban South Africa: A collective case study of Xhosa women with stroke. In: LOUW QA (ed.) Collaborative capacity development to complement stroke rehabilitation in Africa, AOSIS, Durbanville, South Africa, 2020: 305-348.

The well-being of family members as informal caregivers of persons with stroke in an African context: Understanding their lived experience. In: LOUW QA (ed.) Collaborative capacity development to complement stroke rehabilitation in Africa, AOSIS, Durbanville, South Africa, 2020: 171-202.

PLASTOW NA, VAN NIEKERK L, CLOETE LG, LEIBBRANDT DC. The Effect of Interventions to Support Mental Health Post-Stroke in Africa: A Systematic Review. In: LOUW QA (ed.) Collaborative capacity development to complement stroke rehabilitation in Africa, AOSIS, Durbanville, South Africa, 2020: 133-168.