Feasibility of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure for routine use

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Purpose: Despite encouragement, routine outcome measurement is not standard practice in occupational therapy. This applies across most practice areas and outcome measures, including occupational therapy measures such as the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure. Barriers to using outcome measures have been proposed, but are gathered from therapists not measuring outcomes routinely. This study gathered therapists' perceptions on outcome measurement following a period of routine outcome measure use. A secondary aim was to propose a therapist-driven template for summarising outcome data routinely.

Procedures: Using a process evaluation, a short answer survey was used with three occupational therapists following 5 months of Canadian Occupational Performance Measure use in older people's rehabilitation. The data were summarised descriptively, using a proposed template based on therapist feedback.

Findings: The therapists perceived that the measure facilitated treatment for both therapists and clients but they experienced challenges related to client cognition and sustaining use. Template creation indicated that the therapists placed more importance on individual than group level data.

Conclusion: The therapists perceived benefit in routine Canadian Occupational Performance Measure use. The instrument appears feasible for meaningful and routine use but not necessarily for sustained use. Increasing outcome measure use is complex, requiring more knowledge on barriers, expectations of value and methods of data utilisation.


Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4276/030802210X12658062793726

Publication date: February 1, 2010

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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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