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Issue Date: November 01, 1986
Published Online: June 19, 2014
Updated: June 13, 2018
Health Promotion Through Employee Assistance Programs: A Role for Occupational Therapists
Author Affiliations
  • Marianne Maynard, PhD, OTR, FAOTA, is Professor, Department of Occupational Therapy, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Virginia 23298
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Research Article   |   November 01, 1986
Health Promotion Through Employee Assistance Programs: A Role for Occupational Therapists
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1986, Vol. 40, 771-776. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.40.11.771
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 1986, Vol. 40, 771-776. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.40.11.771
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Abstract

Health promotion is predicted to have a major impact on occupational therapy practice. Keeping people well and promoting a healthy life-style will be the focus for the future. Many companies and agencies are taking the lead by instituting employee assistance programs (EAPs). With the de-emphasis on long-term hospital care, many occupational therapists will be seeking employment with community health programs. This paper advocates a role for occupational therapists in health promotion and disease prevention in an EAP. A description of EAPs and the contributions that occupational therapists can make to these programs is offered. Practice and education considerations for occupational therapists’ roles in EAPs are provided.