Research Article  |   March 2019
Occupational Therapy Can Benefit From an Interprofessional Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System
Author Affiliations
  • Susan E. Fasoli, ScD, OTR/L, is Associate Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA; sfasoli@mghihp.edu
  • Mary K. Ferraro, PhD, OTR/L, is Research Associate, Moss Rehabilitation Research Institute, Elkins Park, PA.
  • Susan H. Lin, ScD, OTR/L, is Adjunct Assistant Professor, MGH Institute of Health Professions, Boston, MA.
Article Information
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Research Article   |   March 2019
Occupational Therapy Can Benefit From an Interprofessional Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2019, Vol. 73, 7302347010p1-7302347010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2019.030189
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2019, Vol. 73, 7302347010p1-7302347010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2019.030189
Abstract

To advance evidence-based practice across rehabilitation professions, clinicians, and researchers could benefit from a structured way to clearly describe the treatment interventions used by their discipline. Development of the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System is an interprofessional effort to use a theory-driven and systematic approach to define, specify, and quantify the complex nature of rehabilitation treatments. In this article, we introduce this novel approach and provide a case example that illustrates application to clinical practice. We invite occupational therapy practitioners to consider how clear specification of the content and process of their interventions could benefit practice, research, and education.