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Evaluation in Occupational Therapy: Obtaining and Interpreting Data

ISBN: 9781569003565
Publisher: AOTA Press
Edition: 4th Edition
Publication Date: 2014-06-23
Number of pages: 322
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As the occupational therapy profession becomes increasingly evidence based, the valid and reliable evaluation of the client is critical to providing effective interventions. Employers, reimbursers, and evidence-based practice demand increased in competence in selecting, administering, and interpreting assessments.

This new edition of the classic text seeks to meet that challenge. Authors reaffirm the importance of understanding the person as an occupational being and focus on how the occupational therapist's understanding of human occupation influences evaluation. Aligned with the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, this updated text explores how to accurately evaluate the factors affecting occupational performance and explains essential aspects of evaluation, such psychometric properties of standardized assessments, interpreting data that are applicable to practice, roles of culture and test bias, the importance of nonstandardized assessments to gain real-life knowledge, ethics, and using evaluation data to determine intervention effectiveness.

Each chapter contains thoughtful questions to challenge readers and encourage learning, as well as case examples that promote real-world application.

Without valid, reliable, or credible and trustworthy assessments, occupational therapists cannot document outcomes and the efficacy of their interventions. Practical and yet far-reading, this book guides therapists in performing the high-quality, accurate evaluations the profession demands.

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