Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data, 3rd Edition
Edited by Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OT, FAOTA; Paula Kramer, PhD, OTR, FAOTA; and Patricia Crist, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Foreword by Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
“Evaluation always seems like the thorniest—and therefore the most interesting—part of the clinical process. How does one go about developing a clear understanding of a client’s current situation? What questions should be asked? How and when is the best time to ask those questions? Which tools will be best to construct an accurate portrait of his or her situation, and what information should we use to select the best tools? How do we know when the “picture” we have created of a client’s situation is accurate, and how will we know when we’re headed down the wrong path?”
--From the Foreword by Wendy J. Coster, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Evaluation, which promotes a greater understanding of the people occupational therapy serves, is the foundation of occupational therapy practice and provides evidence to guide “best practices.” This new edition of the classic text focuses on the role of the occupational therapist as an evaluator with assessment support provided by the occupational therapy assistant. Chapters discuss the various aspects of a comprehensive evaluation, including screening, evaluation, reassessment, and re-evaluation, and reaffirm the importance of understanding people as occupational beings.
The expansion of this revision reflects contemporary evaluation approaches. Most importantly, the authors discuss the influence that evaluation practices have on practice and remind readers to think about not only what the current practice environment wants an evaluation to be but also what the profession believes a comprehensive evaluation should be.