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Revista de la Facultad de Medicina

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GUZMAN-SUAREZ, Olga Beatriz. Occupational therapy involvement in occupational health public policies: A professional challenge. [online]. 2019, vol.67, n.4, pp.703-708. ISSN 0120-0011.

In Colombia, the public policies approach and the development of an occupational health regulatory framework have allowed different professions to make visible their competences and ]participation ]possibilities in this branch of medicine. This represents a challenge for occupational therapy (OT), since its scope of work also includes the labor market.

The objective of this article is to provide readers with information regarding professional practice of occupational therapists in Colombia, its relationship with the labor market and the challenge OT faces due to its participation in the planning and development process of standards and public health policies on occupational health.

This paper is the result of a documentary review of the regulations on occupational health adopted in Colombia. It also proposes several reflections based on the occupational therapists' experiences in different areas of work and on the analysis of the documents and papers found in the review, which allowed concluding that the inclusion of OT in the planning and implementation of occupational health public policies has helped it to achieve a good professional positioning in the country.

Keywords : Occupational Therapy; Public Policy; Occupational Health (MeSH).

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