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Research Article  |   December 1985
Occupational Therapy’s Journey: The Implementation, Challenge, and Expectation
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Mae D. Hightower-Vandamm, OTR, FAOTA, is Executive Director, Delaware Curative Workshop, Wilmington, DE 19802
  • This paper is based on a presentation given in April 1985 at the 65th Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., in Atlanta
    This paper is based on a presentation given in April 1985 at the 65th Annual Conference of the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., in Atlanta×
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Health and Wellness / Professional Issues / Features
Research Article   |   December 1985
Occupational Therapy’s Journey: The Implementation, Challenge, and Expectation
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1985, Vol. 39, 785-790. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.12.785
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, December 1985, Vol. 39, 785-790. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.12.785
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Abstract

The increased interest in administrative issues reflects the changing climate facing the profession of occupational therapy in the mid-1980s. The effect of the changing medical delivery system on the profession is evidenced through the development of home health organizations (HMOs), diagnostic-related group (DRG) systems, and other federal- and state-regulated systems. To ensure survival, the practice of occupational therapy will become more community based and less dependent on the hospital setting.