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What is a worthy goal of occupational therapy?

Occupational Therapy in Health Care

Author: Crabtree, A.
Type: Journal Article
Year: 2000


The construct of functional independence in performance areas has become what some might consider the hallmark of occupational therapy practice. This construct, as a predominant goal, or even ideal, of occupational therapy, however, embodies philosophical assumptions that bear scrutiny. For example, do clients and therapists conceive of function in the same way? When we speak of our clients being independent, do we mean they perform without any help, or do we mean they need appropriate help from persons or technology? In this paper I explore the assumptions underlying the construct of functional independence in performance areas. Further, I clarify why helping clients attain wholeness, autonomy, meaning, and purposiveness despite non-function and dependence forms a better principle of occupational therapy.

Further Details

Full Title: Occupational Therapy in Health Care
Pages: 15
Volume: 12
Issue: 2/3
Section: 111
ISBN/ISSN: 0738-0577
Accession Number: August, 2010
Work Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Assistive technology
Reads: 238