Using Occupational Therapy Models in Practice: A Fieldguide

by Merrill June Turpin, Michael K. Iwama
This book is a succinct and practical guide for students and practitioners applying occupational therapy models in the field. It provides an overview of the common models in practice and bridges the gap between theoretical texts on conceptual models and the immediate demands of practice. It describes occupational therapists’ use of models within the realities of practice in a variety of contexts and takes the approach that practice models can be used as tools to guide clinical reasoning.

  • Single page of clinical reasoning for each model provides aide memoire for undergraduate study and students on clinical placements.
  • Analysis of 6 case studies from perspective of each model with a grid demonstrating the model’s application for each case study at the end of each chapter illustrates use of models within a practice context.
  • Description of historical and cultural context of each model’s development enhance students’ understanding.
  • Examples of where models have been used inappropriately and the consequences of this and how it might relate to clinical reasoning aid understanding.
  • Grid at end of book summarising the application of each model for each case study allows students to compare and contrast the efficacy of each model in different contexts.


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