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An Educational Strategy for Occupational Therapy Community Service

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Author: Cromwell, F. S. , Kielhofner, G. W.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1976


In response to the increasing trend toward community health care, a model of training that prepares students for community practice was incorporated into the occupational therapy curriculum at the University of Southern California. During academic training students are placed in a part-time community assignment where no occupational therapy sercices are offered. Training students for the role of community health specialists produces a dilemma for curriculum design. A balance must be achieved between providing traditional clinical content and providing the knowledge and expertise necessary for community practice. However, this training is considered necessary for maintaining the viability of the profession in a changing health system. Significantly, during the four-year period using this model, many graduates have sought emplyment in "nontraditional" community roles.

Further Details

Full Title: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy
Pages: 629-633
Volume: 30
Issue: 10
Section: 629
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 17/6/2013 Hard copy discarded 17/06/2013
Keywords: curriculum, education, community health
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