Assignment: Occupational Therapy

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Assignment: Occupational Therapy

Assignment: Occupational Therapy

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1980 Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture

Within our profession there are many capable people in education and clinical practice yet we have difficulty developing a master plan for and getting started on a program to define our practice in scientific terms. I want to share with you my perspective of a conflict that I think has our profession at a standstill and is preventing us from developing our “fertile strain.” Our professional organization, the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), has supported the

development and continuance of a structured pluralism with education and practice being separate in structure and function. Two prevailing thoughts have developed out of this relationship.

The first thought is:

Because occupational therapy educators do not practice clinical occupational therapy, they do not have the knowl- edge, attitude, or skill to produce students trained in current practice.

Since the middle 1960s, therapists in clinical practice have been working their way into the changing health system. To do this required the following eight activities: • Acquire third party reimbursement • Establish collaborative working relationships with other professionals involved in direct service • Define practice standards for professional review • Establish cost effective services • Identify patient populations and develop services to support program implementation • Develop treatment methodologies that can be included in short term care facilities • Establish networks for referral of the patient to long term or community services to obtain maximum benefit for occupational therapy

• Design activities and intervention that support the theory of occupational therapy. Treatment interventions have been established by practitioners to provide remediation to impaired areas of func-

tion as well as to promote healthful behaviors.

Design activities and intervention that support the theory of occupational therapy. Treatment interventions have been established by practitioners to provide remediation to impaired areas of func-

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