Primary care is the provision of integrated, accessible health care services by clinicians who are accountable for addressing a large majority of personal health care needs, developing a sustained partnership with patients, and practicing in the context of family and community. Evolving standards for care indicate that comprehensive primary care requires a coordinated team-based approach that promotes collaborative care, shared decision-making, sustained relationships with patients and families, and quality improvement activities. New primary care delivery models have increased the emphasis on management of chronic conditions to reduce costs and improve population health. AOTA believes that occupational therapy practitioners are well prepared to contribute to interprofessional care teams addressing the primary care needs of individuals across the lifespan, particularly those with, or at risk for, one or more chronic conditions. Occupational therapy practitioners’ distinct knowledge of the significant impact that habits and routines have on individuals’ health and wellness will make their contribution to primary care distinct. We hope the resources below will help you understand our vision for occupational therapy in primary care.
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