Development of the Handicap Assessment and Resource Tool (HART)

Andrea Vertesi, Peteris Darzins, Shari Lowe, Esther Mcevoy, Mary Edwards

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An important determinant of whether people can live in community settings is the absence of significant handicap. People with considerable disabilities can live without handicap if they have adequate supports. Handicap, rather than disability, limits peoples' residence options. Disability assessment tools are commonly used to guide where people can live - these assess neither the resources available nor the personal-care handicap present. The Handicap Assessment and Resource Tool (HART) was designed to provide information about the personal-care issues (clothing, hygiene, nutrition, mobility, safety, residence and supports) relevant to choice of residence. The HART was tested by occupational therapists who are frequently expected to provide recommendations regarding disabled clients' residence options. It is a client-centred tool that addresses key occupational performance components of personal care. Pilot testing in hospital and community settings shows the HART is a comprehensive and practical tool that is acceptable to users and clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)120-127
Number of pages8
JournalCanadian Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2000
Externally publishedYes


  • Activities of daily living evaluation
  • Discharge planning
  • Occupational performance

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