Editorial  |   May 2017
Promoting Health, Well-Being, and Quality of Life in Occupational Therapy: A Commitment to a Paradigm Shift for the Next 100 Years
Author Affiliations
  • Michael A. Pizzi, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Dominican College, Orangeburg, NY; mpizzi58@gmail.com
  • Lorie Gage Richards, PhD, OTR/L, FAHA, is Editor-in-Chief, American Journal of Occupational Therapy, and Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies, University of Utah, Salt Lake City
Article Information
Health and Wellness / Special Issue: Guest Editorial
Editorial   |   May 2017
Promoting Health, Well-Being, and Quality of Life in Occupational Therapy: A Commitment to a Paradigm Shift for the Next 100 Years
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2017, Vol. 71, 7104170010p1-7104170010p5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.028456
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2017, Vol. 71, 7104170010p1-7104170010p5. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.028456
Abstract

Since the inception of the profession of occupational therapy a century ago, a clarion call to link health with occupation and occupational engagement has been heard. For decades, leaders in the profession have emphasized the need for prevention and health promotion as well as for development of assessments and models linking health with occupation. This article addresses the need for an increased presence of occupational therapy in health and wellness, emphasizing participation over performance, to optimize the health, well-being, and quality of life of individuals, communities, and populations.