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Evaluation of daily living tasks: the home care advantage

The American Journal of Occupational Therapy

Author: Rogers, J. C., Holm, M. B., Stone, R. G.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 1997

Abstract:

Occupational therapists working in home care have an advantage over those working in other settings because they can observe the influence of the naturalistic context on task performance. However, to use this advantage, therapists working in home care must use an evaluation approach that enables them to capture the client-task-context transaction. In this article, we discuss the ability of four "evaluation approaches"--norm-referenced, criterion-referenced, dynamic, informal--to provide information about the client-task-context transaction that therapists need in order to plan effective intervention. The potential of each approach for identifying clients' performance problems, suggesting etiologies, determining rehabilitation potential, and guiding intervention is analyzed, and the appropriateness of each approach for application in the home is appraised. This analysis highlights the utility of combining the criterion-referenced and dynamic assessment approaches for use in home care. A sequential process for integrating these two approaches is provided, and the proposed outcomes to be obtained from this process are identified.


Further Details

Author Address: Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Rehabilitation, University of Pittsburgh, 3811 O'Hara Street, WPIC -- Geriatrics, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15213
Full Title: The American Journal of Occupational Therapy
Pages: 410-422
Volume: 51
Issue: 6
ISBN/ISSN: 0272-9490
Accession Number: September, 2011
Notes: Retain Print
Remote Database Name: cin20
Remote Database Provider: EBSCOhost
Research Notes: Electronic copy added 12/07/2013
Keywords: assessmenthousingenvironmentevaluation processOccupational Therapyhome care services
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