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Revista de Salud Pública

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GOMEZ-GALINDO, Ana M.; PENAS-FELIZZOLA, Olga L.  and  PARRA-ESQUIVEL, Eliana I.. Peace experiences in occupational therapy: contributions from Colombian regions. Rev. salud pública [online]. 2017, vol.19, n.5, pp.664-670. ISSN 0124-0064.


To identify and characterize professional experiences in occupational therapy in different regions of Colombia regarding the overcoming of the armed conflict.


Cross-sectional, descriptive study in which the digital version of the Survey on professional experiences in the Colombian armed conflict was applied using Type-form. 34 occupational therapists responded the survey. The sample filled the corresponding informed consent to participate in the study.


The overall balance shows that experiences are mostly concentrated in the Andean region and cover 18 departments of the country, while a representative percentage are observed in works with indigenous communities. Intervention has targeted mainly adults and victims and people with disabilities, although greatest emphasis is on communities. Therapists are involved mainly as executors and university professors. Finally, there is concern about the presence of illegal armed actors and the reality of an overwhelming problem. Achievements include the impact of the intervention and the capitalized professional and personal learning.


A territorial approach requires greater presence in the regions and cultural sensitivity. Strengthening the work carried out with the population that was linked to illegal armed groups through occupational resignification processes allow to make progress in the expected economic and social reincorporation.

Keywords : Occupational therapy; violence; war; rural population; Colombia (source: MeSH, NLM).

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