Occupational Therapy Practice Framework


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Occupational Therapy Practice Framework

An official document of the American Occupational Therapy Association that summarizes the key constructs that define and guide occupational therapy practice.
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In the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, quality of life is identified as a targeted outcome of occupational therapy interventions (AOTA, 2014).
The occupational therapy practice framework defined health management and maintenance as an area of occupation that incorporates routines for health "such as physical fitness, nutrition, decreasing health risk behaviours, and medication routines." (American Occupational Therapy Association, 2008, p 620).
However, HP, overall well-being, and secondary stroke prevention are integral parts of "Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process" [17] and VA/ DOD stroke rehabilitation guidelines [15] and, thus, clearly should be integrated into routine OT practice.
These health management activities involve medication management as defined in The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Practice (AOTA, 2014).
It integrates the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Second Edition.
Further, several AOTA official documents, including the Scope of Practice (AOTA, 2014) and the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain & Process (OTPF; AOTA, 2017c), speak to a holistic approach to client-centered care.
In addition, while sexual expression is outlined in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, it is an area that is being sorely overlooked by occupational therapy programs (AOTA, 2014).
This view has been supported by the inclusion of motor and process skills (Fisher & Kielhofner, 1995; Kielhofner, 2002) along with communication and interactions skills (Forsyth, Salamy, Simon & Kielhofner, 1998) in the occupational therapy practice framework (AOTA, 2002).
The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, 3rd edition (OTPF-3), is an official document to guide the occupational therapy profession in clinical practice.
The second edition of the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process (OTPF) introduced religious observance as an instrumental activity of daily living (IADL) (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2008).
Although professional documents, such as The Occupational Therapy Code of Ethics (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2015) and the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (AOTA, 2014b), place value on the concept of client centeredness, these documents are mainly concerned with providing services to clients and patients.
According to The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, "Occupational therapy practitioners are concerned with the end result of participation and thus enable engagement through adaptations and modifications to the environment or objects within the environment when needed" (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2014, p.
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