Traditional measurement approaches in health care focus on group data, virtually ignoring the individual client. To demonstrate the distinct value of occupational therapy, we need a measurement model that focuses on the person and generates outputs to inform daily practice. Traditional methods of establishing norms and predictive validity do not inform the development of interventions and goal setting. In this Eleanor Clarke Slagle Lecture, I use a person-centered measurement model that focuses on the person, versus the instrument, to demonstrate how person-centered measurement can be immediately used to identify the just-right challenge for the client. Person-centered measurement can be both the basis for designing interventions specific to the client and the foundation for setting empirically appropriate short-term and long-term goals. Occupational therapy practitioners can lead health care by immediately applying person-centered measurement to address the needs of individual clients and, moreover, to reveal the distinct value of occupational therapy.
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Using Measurement to Highlight Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value
Craig A. Velozo
Craig A. Velozo
Craig A. Velozo, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Professor and Division Director, Division of Occupational Therapy, Department of Rehabilitation Sciences, College of Health Professions, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston; email@example.com.
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Online Issn: 1943-7676
Print Issn: 0272-9490
Copyright © 2021 by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.
The American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2021, Vol. 75(6), 7506150005.
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Craig A. Velozo; Using Measurement to Highlight Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value. Am J Occup Ther November/December 2021, Vol. 75(6), 7506150005. doi: https://doi.org/10.1054/ajot.2021.746001
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