Research Article  |   July 2019
Primary Care Occupational Therapy: How Can We Get There? Remaining Challenges in Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Author Affiliations
  • Sharon B. Pape, MS, OTR, is Senior Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Health and Human Sciences, Indiana University, Indianapolis; shbpape@iu.edu
  • Sherry Muir, PhD, OTR/L, is Chair and Program Director, Occupational Therapy Program, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, Fayetteville
Article Information
Advocacy / Health and Wellness / Multidisciplinary Practice / Professional Issues / Health Policy Perspectives
Research Article   |   July 2019
Primary Care Occupational Therapy: How Can We Get There? Remaining Challenges in Patient-Centered Medical Homes
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 07 2019, Vol. 73, 7305090010p1-7305090010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2019.037200
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 07 2019, Vol. 73, 7305090010p1-7305090010p6. doi:10.5014/ajot.2019.037200
Abstract

Passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in 2010 mandated reform of the United States’ existing primary care system. As part of this reform, advanced practice models, including the Patient-Centered Medical Home model, expanded, with the goal of increasing the use of interprofessional teams. Integrating occupational therapy was promoted as an opportunity to enhance the value of care provided in these redesigned primary care practices. However, occupational therapy’s presence in primary care is still extremely limited.