Monica Robinson, Thomas F. Fisher, Kim Broussard; Role of Occupational Therapy in Case Management and Care Coordination for Clients With Complex Conditions. Am J Occup Ther 2016;70(2):7002090010p1-7002090010p6. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2016.702001.
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Specific aspects of the profession of occupational therapy support a distinct value for its practitioners participating fully in the development of case management and care coordination systems. The expectation in the 21st century is that the U.S. health care system must be transformed from one that promotes volume of service to one that promotes value of care. Case management and care coordination will be critical components of that transformation. Occupational therapy’s principles, education, practice, approach, and perspective offer much to benefit this increased attention to case management and care coordination. Occupational therapy practitioners should promote themselves and their profession as these system changes develop.
Use sound judgment in regard to safety in the context of environment, occupational performance, and self-management during the occupational therapy process (Standard B.2.8)
Express support for the quality of life, well-being, and occupations of all they serve, promoting biopsychosocial health and prevention of injury and disease while considering context and environments (Standard B.2.9)
Provide training in self-care, self-management, health management and maintenance, home management, and community and work integration (Standard B.5.5)
Monitor and reassess the effect of occupational therapy intervention in collaboration with the client, caregiver, family, and significant others and the need to continue or modify intervention (Standard B.5.28)
Demonstrate safe and effective application of modalities as a preparatory measure to manage pain and improve occupational performance (Standard B.5.15)
Demonstrate knowledge of prevailing health and welfare needs of populations with or at risk for disability and chronic health conditions (Standard B.1.6)
Understand the role of occupational therapy in care coordination, case management, and transition services in all practice environments (Standard B.5.27)
Explain how occupation influences promotion of health and prevents disease and disability for individuals, families, and society in general (Standard B.2.5).
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