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Research Article  |   July 2006
The Occupational Therapy Practice Checklist for Adult Physical Rehabilitation
Author Affiliations
  • Ruth A. Huebner, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, Kentucky. Corresponding address: Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, 275 E. Main Street, Office of the Commissioner, 3W-A, Frankfort, Kentucky 40612; Rutha.Huebner@ky.gov
  • Melba G. Custer, MS, OTR/L, is Rehabilitation Supervisor, Professional Rehabilitation Associates, Clark Regional Medical Center; and Doctoral Student, Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. At the time of the study, she was a graduate student in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Kentucky University
  • Linda Freudenberger, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky
  • Laurie Nichols, OTR/L, is Occupational Therapist, Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky
Article Information
Neurologic Conditions / Adult Physical Rehabilitation
Research Article   |   July 2006
The Occupational Therapy Practice Checklist for Adult Physical Rehabilitation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2006, Vol. 60, 388-396. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.4.388
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July/August 2006, Vol. 60, 388-396. doi:10.5014/ajot.60.4.388
Abstract

OBJECTIVE. Although the practice of occupational therapy is described in textbooks, research, and professional standards, a tool for outcomes research is needed.

METHOD. The Occupational Therapy Practice Checklist (OTPC), based on the Model of Occupational Performance (Pedretti, 1996), includes domains of adjunctive, enabling, purposeful, and occupational performance. Practices are also identified by phase of therapy (early, middle, late). The OTPC was piloted with 40 adults in an outpatient physical rehabilitation center.

RESULTS. The Kuder Richardson 20 coefficient of internal consistency was .91. Practices on the OTPC discriminated between clients with and without neurological disorders.

CONCLUSION. The OTPC has potential for yielding knowledge about occupational therapy practice. Results of the pilot show that occupational therapy practice was not linear, as theorized, but rather a complex integration of techniques.