OT Faculty Authors Chapter of "Evaluation in Occupational Therapy"
Published on October 16, 2020
Wendy Walsh, PhD, OTR/L , chair of the Department of Occupational Therapy, published a chapter in a well known Occupational Therapy text titled Evaluation in Occupational Therapy.
Dr. Walsh authored the chapter "Interpretation and Documentation of the Evaluation process which is an in-depth look at the need for and importance of proper and comprehensive documentation of OT intervention services. The chapter utilizes case-studies for illustration and details all forms of notation seen in practice. This chapter adds to the learning objectives for students on documentation and is a guide for educators on current trends and practices by clinics, hospitals, and community agencies.
The text's editor is Dr. Paula Kramer, Professor Emeritus at USciences.
In this new edition of the classic text, authors reaffirm the importance of understanding the person as an occupational being and how the occupational therapist’s understanding of human occupation influences evaluation. Aligned with the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework, this updated text describes how to accurately evaluate the factors affecting occupational performance and explains the essential and practical aspects of evaluation.
New to this edition is a focus on outcomes assessment, a growing and important area in the occupational therapy profession. Emerging areas of practice are also included, with discussions of evaluation primary care; telehealth, which has become increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic; and the evaluation of groups and populations.