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Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam. Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.
Credit: Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)
OBJECTIVE. This study aimed to understand how the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure
(COPM) can be used as an outcome measure in primary care and to identify the occupational performance
profiles in this setting.
METHOD. First, the COPM was administered to all eligible clients at two sites. Second, a focus group with participating occupational therapists explored the feasibility of using the COPM in primary care.
RESULTS. A total of 161 COPMs were initially administered. Self-care goals were identified most frequently (n 5 248), followed by productivity (n 5 229) and leisure (n 5 179) goals (total goals 5 656). Mean initial performance and satisfactions scores were 3.2 and 2.8, respectively. The average change (n 5 22) scores were 2.1 and 2.6, respectively.
CONCLUSION. The COPM is an invaluable tool to guide initial assessments and offer an occupation focused lens. Given the lifespan approach and an emphasis on screening and assessment, the challenge was finding the opportunity for re-administration.
Catherine Donnelly, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.), is Associate Professor, School of Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada; Catherine.email@example.com
Colleen O’Neill, BSc (OT), OT Reg (Ont.), is Occupational Therapist, McMaster Family Health Team, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Martha Bauer, BSc (OT), OT Reg (Ont.), is Occupational Therapist, McMaster Family Health Team, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Lori Letts, PhD, OT Reg (Ont.), is Associate Dean, Occupational Therapy Program, and Professor, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Identify characteristics of primary care and the occupational profiles in this setting.
Explain occupational therapy’s role in primary care and the need for meaningful and standardized generic outcome measures that are occupation-focused and can demonstrate the unique benefits of occupational therapy in this setting.
Discuss how the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) can be used in primary care as an outcome measure and discuss the benefits and challenges of its use in this setting
CE Find Key Words: Canadian Occupational Performance Measure, COPM, Primary Care, Occupational Profile
Learning Level: Advanced
Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants
Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention
Donnelly, C., O’Neill, C., Bauer, M., & Letts, L. (2017). Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) in primary care: A profile of practice. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 71, 7106265010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2017.020008