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Research Article  |   January 1984
Occupational Therapy: A Focus for Roles in Practice
Author Affiliations
  • Janice Posatery Burke, M.A., OTR, is Director of Training in Occupational Therapy, University Affiliated Program, Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California 90054-0700; and Clinical Assistant Professor, Occupational Therapy Department, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90034
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Health and Wellness / Professional Issues / Rehabilitation, Participation, and Disability / Features
Research Article   |   January 1984
Occupational Therapy: A Focus for Roles in Practice
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1984, Vol. 38, 24-28. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.1.24
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January 1984, Vol. 38, 24-28. doi:10.5014/ajot.38.1.24
Abstract

Occupational therapists have a long-standing familiarity with and commitment to the concept of change. Our professional practice has always had a primary focus on assisting individuals as they adapt to change due to disability and disease. The recent literature on adaptation, stress, and coping presents a picture of how important our professional expertise is in helping people interact effectively in their environments. Now, as we enter a decade of unprecedented technological advances and associated social and economic response, we are finding that we must make significant changes if we are to survive as a profession.

As part of the General Sessions series at the 1983 AOTA Annual Conference, this paper addresses the issues confronting the changing individual in the ’80s by exploring the new and expanding roles for occupational therapists in the near future. Outside influences, including consumer-based health trends, medical and scientific developments, and new patient and client needs, are discussed and analyzed according to their impact on internal professional factors such as leadership, management, and business skills.