Occupational Therapy’s Distinct Value in Rehab & Disability

Occupational therapy’s distinct value is to improve health and quality of life through facilitating participation and engagement in occupations, the meaningful, necessary, and familiar activities of everyday life. Occupational therapy is client-centered, achieves positive outcomes, and is cost-effective.

The Rehabilitation & Participation Distinct Value statement articulates why occupational therapy is important in rehabilitation. There are many examples in scientific literature of how occupational therapy improves patient outcomes throughout rehabilitation settings. Using the tenets of the distinct value statement, the document illustrates the benefits of occupational therapy for clients with life-changing injuries or illnesses.

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Download this document to learn specific evidence about occupational therapy’s role in improving quality of life, increasing participation, cost effectiveness, and client centered approach in achieving positive outcomes in a rehabilitation setting.  Refer to this resource to ensure that occupational therapy is being used as effectively as possible in your facility, and share it with your inter-professional team members to help them understand the full breadth and scope of our services.