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Occupational Therapy in the Promotion of Health and Well-Being
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Occupational Therapy in the Promotion of Health and Well-Being
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2020, Vol. 74, 7403420010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.743003
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 2020, Vol. 74, 7403420010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2020.743003
Abstract

A balanced pattern of occupations enhances the health and fulfills the needs of individuals, families, communities, and populations (American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2014b; Hocking, 2019; Meyer, 1922). Occupations are personalized “everyday activities that people do as individuals, in families, and with communities to occupy time and bring meaning and purpose to life” (World Federation of Occupational Therapists, 2012, para. 2). The purpose of this statement is to describe occupational therapy’s role and contribution in the areas of health promotion and prevention for internal and external audiences. AOTA supports and promotes the involvement of occupational therapy practitioners1  in the development and delivery of programs and services that promote health, well-being, and social participation of all people.