Occupational Therapy in Family Health Teams

2011 AFHTO conference presentation

PRESENTER (S): Laura Turner, OT, Project Coordinator; Shellie Buckley, RN, Project Coordinator

FHT/ORG: Stratford FHT

ABSTRACT: Working in primary care on a Family Health Team is a new and emerging practice area for occupational therapists. Sharing common values of health promotion and wellness, occupational therapists and FHTs utilize varied models of service delivery to best address patient needs. A collaborative team effort is required to ensure that occupational therapy is a good fit with established teams, effectively meets the needs of rostered patients and does not duplicate existing community services. The objectives of this presentation are to share our experience providing OT in a FHT, including steps taken to design and implement a successful pilot project, the development of referral criteria for OT, an overview of patients who received therapy, examples of the interventions provided and a summary of the outcome measures and results used to demonstrate the value of this project. Plans to expand the role of occupational therapy will be included in this discussion.

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