Client and therapist perspectives of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) in sub-acute rehabilitation settings

Laura Thyer, Ted Brown, Debbie Roe

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The clinical utility of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure from the perspective of clients who completed it and therapists who administered it within a sub-acute rehabilitation setting was investigated. Semi-structured interviews explored ten clients’ and six occupational therapists’ perspectives. Interviews were audio-recorded, transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically. The emergent themes from the participants’ interviews included: (i) features clients like about the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure; (ii) influence of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure on therapists’ practice; and (iii) Canadian Occupational Performance Measure’s utility: clients and therapists. The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure increases clients’ participation, satisfaction and awareness of occupational therapy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-33
Number of pages9
JournalNew Zealand Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • Goals of care
  • occupational therapy attitudes
  • older adults
  • outcome measurement
  • Patient-centered care

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