Research Article  |   May 2017
Integration of Medication Management Into Occupational Therapy Practice
Author Affiliations
  • Jaclyn K. Schwartz, PhD, OTR/L, is Assistant Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing and Health Sciences, Florida International University, Miami; jaclyn.schwartz@fiu.edu
  • Roger O. Smith, PhD, OT, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow, is Professor, Department of Occupational Science and Technology, College of Health Sciences, and Director, Rehabilitation Research Design and Disability Center, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
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Research Article   |   May 2017
Integration of Medication Management Into Occupational Therapy Practice
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2017, Vol. 71, 7104360010p1-7104360010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.015032
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 2017, Vol. 71, 7104360010p1-7104360010p7. doi:10.5014/ajot.2017.015032
Abstract

Occupational therapy practitioners enable clients to improve performance in everyday occupations. As health care reform precipitates changes across health care service organizations, occupational therapy professionals must seize the opportunity to apply their unique skills and perspective to meet the changing needs of clients and other stakeholders. In this article, we explore the role and distinct value of occupational therapy practitioners in one area of changing need: medication management. We find that occupational therapy practitioners have unique skills that complement the factors affecting medication nonadherence and evidence-based interventions. With reforms to research, teaching, and practice, occupational therapy practitioners can better integrate medication management into regular evaluation and treatment, thereby contributing to broader patient outcomes defined by the Affordable Care Act.