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Research Article  |   July 1991
Private Practice Occupational Therapy in the Skilled Nursing Facility: Creative Alliance or Mutual Exploitation?
Author Affiliations
  • Lawrence Faust, MS, OTR/L, is Administrator, Puget Sound Therapy Services, Kent, Washington. (Mailing address: 5216 South 212th Street, Kent, Washington 98032)
  • Myra K. Meaker, OTR/L, is Administrator, Puget Sound Therapy Services, Kent, Washington
Article Information
Geriatrics/Productive Aging / Long-Term Care/Skilled Nursing Facilities / Practice
Research Article   |   July 1991
Private Practice Occupational Therapy in the Skilled Nursing Facility: Creative Alliance or Mutual Exploitation?
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1991, Vol. 45, 621-627. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.7.621
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, July 1991, Vol. 45, 621-627. doi:10.5014/ajot.45.7.621
Abstract

Occupational therapy private practice appears to play a major role in the provision of rehabilitation services in skilled nursing facilities. A critical look at the meaning of private practice, however, indicates that many of today’s private practitioners lack characteristics traditionally associated with that term. Group private practices are well suited to retain the essential qualities of private practice while competing effectively in a corporate environment. They accomplish this difficult task by applying therapeutic principles of growth and change to the complex relationship between the group practice and the skilled nursing facility. Application of these principles allows the occupational therapy group private practice to behave consistently with its professional identity while addressing the competitive demands of the marketplace.