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South African Journal of Occupational Therapy

On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337

S. Afr. j. occup. ther. vol.38 n.2 Pretoria  2008




Could health care workers determine the occupational performance priorities of people with disability living in a developing community?



LH EngelbrechtI; JMF CasteleijnII; K UysIII

INational Diploma Occupational Therapy (Vona du Toit), Diploma Tertiary Education (Pret), BOccTher (Hons) (Pret), MOccTher (Pret), Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria
IIB.Arb (Pret), BOccTher (Hons) (Medunsa), Postgraduate Diploma in Vocational Rehabilitation (Pret), M.Arb (Pret), Diploma in Higher Education and Training Practice (Pret), Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy, School of Healthcare Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria
IIIB.Arb (Pret), BOccTher (Hons) (Medunsa), MOccTher (Pret), PhD (Pret), Senior Lecturer, Centre for Augmentative and Alternative Communication, School of Education Studies, Faculty of Education, University of Pretoria





The client-centred approach may be best suited to determine the occupational performance priorities of a developing community, but occasionally the health care worker has to anticipate the occupational performance priorities of an individual in order to render effective services. The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) was used to determine the occupational performance priorities of a developing community from the perspective of the People with Disability residing in that community as well as from the perspective of the health care workers responsible for their care.
After their responses were coded according to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), the data obtained from both groups were ranked and compared. The results indicated that although both groups of participants proposed similar priorities, some variations in the ranking existed. Valuable insight into the occupational performance priorities of the people with physical disabilities in a developing community was obtained

Key words: occupational performance priorities, Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF), client-centered



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