Occupational therapy assessment

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This chapter provides an introductory overview of the purpose, approaches and types of assessment within an occupational therapy context. Dynamic observation of a person participating in an important occupation may warrant more formal assessment, or implementation of collaborative goal setting as a part of the occupational therapy process. Bottom-up assessments are much more common in occupational therapy practice and fit easily within the traditional medical model approach to assessment. Occupational therapists are concerned with and assess the occupational performance of clients. Occupational therapists assess a variety of skills, traits, features, roles and occupations of the clients that they service. Assessment is a key part of the occupational therapy process. In their professional practice with clients and families, occupational therapists use a wide range of tests and measures. Occupational therapists in Australia use a number of assessments that have been developed and standardised in other countries.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOccupational Therapy in Australia
Subtitle of host publicationProfessional and Practice Issues
EditorsTed Brown, Helen M. Bourke-Taylor, Stephen Isbel, Reinie Cordier, Louise Gustafsson
Place of PublicationLondon United Kingdom
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781000356441
ISBN (Print)9780367683573
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2021

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