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AOTA is working to improve the user experience by assigning terms from an occupational therapy–specific taxonomy to all the content it produces, including AJOT articles.  

The taxonomy terms below are organized by Sections, labeled A through H. These sections are further divided into main categories (in bold) and subcategories.

In assigning categories, the most salient aspects of each article have been considered; that is, readers will find few articles under "interventions" but many articles under "interventions to support occupations." Clicking on “ADLs” below should surface content that truly focuses on ADLs. The goal is to help readers quickly find the content they are looking for. 

Note: This taxonomy was implemented for AJOT in July 2021 with the publication of Volume 75, Supplement 1. Content published before that time has not been assigned taxonomy terms and will not be surfaced through this page. Search results will become more robust as additional content is published.

A. Domain and Process

Occupations and Everyday Activities
     Health management
     Rest and sleep
     Social participation
Contexts            Environmental factors
     Personal factors
Skills and Routines
     Motor skills
     Process skills 
     Social integration skills
Client Factors
     Body functions (ICF)
     Body structures (ICF)
     Values, beliefs, and spirituality
Evaluation and Assessment
     Analysis of occupational performance
     Informal approaches
     Occupational profile
     Standardized assessment tools
Intervention Types:
     Education and training
     Group interventions
     Interventions to support occupations
     Occupations and activities
     Virtual interventions
Intervention Approaches:
     Health promotion
     Modification (compensation, adaptation)
     Occupational justice
     Occupational Performance
     Prevention, health and wellness

B. Practice Settings

Academia and Research
     University/college (as faculty or administrator) 
            OT program
            OTA program
     Research center (as researcher)
     Academic support
Home and Community Settings
     Community-based private practice
     Driving rehabilitation program
     Home- and community-based services (including PACE)
     Home health agencies
     Home modification practice
     Industrial or commercial setting
     Low vision community practice
     Prevention/wellness community practice
Outpatient Clinics
     Clinic-based private practice
     Comprehensive outpatient rehabilitation facility
     Hospital-based outpatient
     Medical office (e.g., physician, optometrist)
     Pediatric outpatient clinics
     Rehab agency
     Federally Qualified Health Centers and Community Health Centers
     Acute care 
     Critical and intensive care unit (for adults)
     Inpatient rehabilitation facility
     Long-term acute care hospital
     Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU)/ Pediatric intensive care unit (PICU)
     Subacute unit
Long-Term Care
     Assisted living facility (ALF)
     Continuing care retirement community (CCRC)
     Independent living facility (ILF)
     Nursing facility (long-stay)
     Skilled nursing facility
Mental and Behavioral Health Settings
     Behavioral health center
     Community mental and behavioral health setting (e.g., justice system, homeless transition, ACT team)
     Day program
     Inpatient psychiatric hospital
     Mental health outpatient clinic
     Partial hospitalization program
     Residential program
     Substance abuse treatment facility or clinic
Schools, Early Intervention, and Community Education Settings
     Day care center
     Early intervention setting
     Primary and/or middle school
     Secondary school
     Higher education
     Transition program
Other Innovative or Emerging Settings
     Private practice in an emerging setting
     Other Setting

C. Client Groups

Across the Lifespan 
Children and Youth (Pediatrics)
     Age 0-5 
     Age 6-14
     Age 15-21 
     Age 22-39
     Age 40-64
Older Adults (Geriatrics) 
     Age 65-74
     Age 75-84
     Age 85+
Groups and Populations

D. Audience

Business Owner (Entrepreneur)
Other Audience

E.1. Clinical Topics: Conditions

Endocrine, Nutritional, and Metabolic Topics
Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopmental Topics
Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
     Anxiety disorders
     Depression and mood disorders
     Learning disorders
     Schizophrenia spectrum and psychotic disorders
     Substance abuse disorders
     Trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder
Congenital and Chromosomal Topics
Nervous System Topics
Alzheimer’s disease and dementia (ADRD)
     Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
     Cerebral palsy
     Ergonomic and repetitive injuries (includes carpal tunnel syndrome);
Parkinson’s disease
Topics related to the eye 
Low vision
Musculoskeletal Topics
     Musculoskeletal conditions
Genitourinary System Topics
Kidney disease
Cardiopulmonary Topics
Heart disease 
     Lung disease (e.g., COPD)
     Orthopedic injuries and fractures
     Spinal cord injury and concussion
     Traumatic brain injury
Other Conditions
     Other condition

E.2. Clinical Topics: Performance and Participation

Balance deficits and fall risks
Driving and community mobility deficits
Feeding, eating, and swallowing deficits
Functional cognition deficits
Sensory processing disorder 
Sleep deficits

F. Payers

Alternative payment models 
Commercial insurance 
Early intervention 
Medicare (traditional, FFS) 
Medicare Advantage 
Private pay 
Property insurance 
Veteran's Health Administration 
Workers' compensation 
OT services are not billed separately 

G. Advocacy

Policy Issues
Scope of practice
Other Policy Issues

H. Practice Essentials

Coding and billing
Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI)
Evidence-based practice/knowledge translation 
Habilitation and rehabilitation
Interprofessional practice and intraprofessional practice
AOTA Official Documents 
OT/OTA well-being
Payment policy
Quality and value-based care
Telehealth and virtual services 


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