Distinguishing between Occupation, Purposeful Activity and Activity, Part 2: Why is the Distinction Important?

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Part 2 of this article stresses the importance of noting the distinctions between the terms occupation, purposeful activity and activity. Both occupational therapists and occupational therapy students need to be able to articulate to others exactly what they do in their individual work settings. This includes acknowledging both shared core skills and unique core occupational therapy skills. It is important that occupational therapists employ these unique core skills in their day-to-day work to highlight their distinction from other health care professionals, who may legitimately use activity within their own interventions. Additionally, if purchasers are negotiating contracts for services from multidisciplinary teams, they need to be able to discern the differences between the input of the different health care professionals. In light of this, current political influences within health care and professional concerns are briefly explored.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 1998

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  • The British Journal of Occupational Therapy (BJOT) is the official journal of the College of Occupational Therapists. Its purpose is to publish articles relevant to theory, practice, research, education and management in occupational therapy internationally.

    BJOT publishes research articles, critical reviews, practice analyses, opinion pieces, editorials, letters to the editor, book reviews and an annual index. Please refer to the author's guide at http://www.cot.co.uk/british-journal-bjot/british-journal-occupational-therapy

    Submissions can be made at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bjot

    The 2013 Impact Factor for The British Journal of Occupational Therapy is 0.897.

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