Research Article
Issue Date: March/April 2021
Published Online: March 01, 2021
Updated: April 12, 2021
Improve Your Documentation and Quality of Care With AOTA's Updated Occupational Profile Template
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Occupational Therapy Practice Framework / Professional Issues / The Association
Research Article   |   March 01, 2021
Improve Your Documentation and Quality of Care With AOTA's Updated Occupational Profile Template
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2021, Vol. 75, 7502420010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2021.752001
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2021, Vol. 75, 7502420010. https://doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2021.752001
The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process—Fourth Edition (OTPF-4;American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA], 2020) states that every occupational therapy evaluation includes (1) the occupational profile and (2) the analysis of occupational performance. The OTPF-4 states that as the first step in the evaluation process,

developing the occupational profile provides . . . an understanding of the client’s perspective and background. . . . During the process of collecting this information, the client, with the assistance of the practitioner, identifies priorities and desired targeted outcomes that will lead to the client’s engagement in occupations that support participation in daily life. Only clients can identify the occupations that give meaning to their lives and select the goals and priorities that are important to them. By valuing and respecting clients’ input, practitioners . . . can more effectively guide interventions. (AOTA, 2020, p. 21)