Research Article  |   March 2013
Family-Centered Principles Implemented in Home-Based, Clinic-Based, and School-Based Pediatric Settings
Author Affiliations
  • Patricia E. Fingerhut, PhD, OTR, is Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Texas Medical Branch, 301 University Boulevard, Galveston, TX 77555-1142; pefinger@utmb.edu
  • Jocelyn Piro, Ashley Sutton, Rachel Campbell, Christy Lewis, Dilshad Lawji, and Nicole Martinez were Master’s Students, Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, at the time of the study
Article Information
Pediatric Evaluation and Intervention / School-Based Practice / Children and Youth
Research Article   |   March 2013
Family-Centered Principles Implemented in Home-Based, Clinic-Based, and School-Based Pediatric Settings
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2013, Vol. 67, 228-235. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.006957
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March/April 2013, Vol. 67, 228-235. doi:10.5014/ajot.2013.006957
Abstract

OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to determine whether pediatric occupational therapy practitioners implemented family-centered principles in their practice.

METHOD: Twenty-eight occupational therapy practitioners were interviewed in three practice settings: home based, clinic based, and school based. A grounded theory approach was used to analyze the results. Responses were compared across respondents and across practice settings.

RESULTS: Responses varied among practitioners and, more significantly, practice settings. A continuum of family-centered practice was demonstrated, with home-based practice as the most family centered, school-based practice as the least family centered, and clinic practice varying in between.

CONCLUSION: Occupational therapy practitioners are familiar with most principles of family-centered practice. However, implementation of those principles differs significantly across practice settings.