The Integration of Occupational Therapy into Primary Care is an emerging practice area only beginning to be explored. There has been a noticeable shift to support primary healthcare and its practitioners as it becomes clear the system is unsustainable for optimal patient quality care and outcomes. An occupational therapist has an in depth education in kinesiology/anatomy/pathophysiology, human development across the lifespan, cognition/perception, and psychology. Combined with their specific interest in client-centered clinical reasoning, an occupational therapist has a unique lens that allows them to facilitate a functional and fulfilling lifestyle for each person they work with. Throughout this project, the vision became to inform primary care clinics and all stakeholders about occupational therapy and the benefits it would provide practitioners and patients alike.
Carlene E. Johnson OTD, OTR/L
Occupational Therapy, School of
Health Sciences & Nursing, Gordon E. Inman College of
Doctorate of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
occupational therapy, primary care, client-centered, chronic disease, functional medicine, interprofessional
Conn, Averie, "Integration of Occupational Therapy Into Primary Care" (2021). OTD Capstone Projects. 70.