What is it about?

Social participation is defined as a person's involvement in activities that provide social interactions in community. It is an important health determinant, while social participation restrictions can lead to premature mortality. Occupational therapists can integrate a continuum of emerging practices, including personalized, group-based and community-based interventions. However, they face systemic and organizational barriers.

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Why is it important?

This research responds to previous criticisms calling for a reframing of the profession to move beyond individual practices and toward community-based approaches. Results point out the impact of performance indicators on the ability to provide social participation interventions. The study identifies strategies to remodel occupational therapy in partnership with community stakeholders.


I think this study should be used as the first step of a larger transformation in occupational therapy. It was framed according to a critical perspective which allowed us to reveal the political and systemic pressures on occupational therapy practice that should be targeted to undertake further changes.

Mr Pier-Luc Turcotte
Universite de Sherbrooke

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This page is a summary of: Community-based participatory research remodelling occupational therapy to foster older adults’ social participation, Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 2019, SAGE Publications,
DOI: 10.1177/0008417419832338.
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