New Edition
Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment,
Edition 7 Promoting occupation and participation
Edited by Michael Curtin, PhD, Mary Egan, PhD, MSc, BSc and Jo Adams, PhD, MSc, DipCOT

Publication Date: 16 Feb 2017

Formerly entitled Occupational Therapy and Physical Dysfunction this seminal textbook builds on the strengths of all previous editions and continues to explore the work of occupational therapists with people who are experiencing illness, injury or impairment. It links theory with day-to-day practice, stimulating reflection on the knowledge, expertise and attitudes that inform practice, and encouraging the development of occupation-focused practice.

The new title, Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment, reflects the knowledge, attitudes and skills that underpin the practice of promoting occupation and participation. It showcases how occupational therapists work with people – not medical conditions and diagnoses – as individuals, groups, communities, and populations.

The new edition now has additional chapters on the assessment and intervention stages of the professional reasoning process to assist development of enabling skills and strategies. It also includes many more practice stories throughout to provide authentic examples to illustrate the application of theory to practice. Learning is further reinforced via access to a new online resource – Evolve Resources – which includes MCQs, reflective questions and three bonus interactive practice stories with accompanying reflective videos. These are all signposted within the textbook.

Now compromising seven sections, which follow the professional reasoning format of the Canadian Practice Process Framework (CPPF), the new edition first tracks the evolution of occupational therapy in the context of health care. It then examines the foundational biomedical and social sciences, in addition to occupational science, before going on to the areas of assessment; writing occupation-focused goals; enabling skills and strategies which include advocacy and lobbying, public health, and community-based rehabilitation. The book ends with a chapter on developing effective reflection skills to enable occupational therapists to critically evaluate their practice, evolve as practitioners, and maintain and develop their professional competencies.

Key Features

  • Links theory with day-to-day practice, stimulating reflection
  • Includes occupational, biomedical and social sciences that underpin occupational therapy practice
  • Focus on working with groups, communities and populations in addition to working with individuals reflecting the evolving and expanding scope of practice
  • Use of person-centred or inclusive and strengths-based language
  • Three bonus interactive practice stories online at Evolve Resources and signposted at the end of Sections 3-7 in the textbook

New Features

  • New title echoes the contemporary strength-based and occupation-focused nature of occupational therapy practice which involves working with people and not medical conditions and diagnoses
  • Content and structure reviewed and shaped by an international panel of students/new graduates
  • 22 additional chapters
  • 100 expert international contributors
  • Evolve Resources – – contains:
    • 3 bonus interactive practice stories with reflective videos
    • 360 MCQs
    • 200 reflective questions
    • 250 downloadable images
  • Critical discussion of the ICF in the context of promoting occupation and participation
  • Pedagogical features: summaries, key points, and multiple choice and short answer reflective questions
About the author
Edited by Michael Curtin, PhD, Course Coordinator, Occupational Therapy, Charles Sturt University, Australia; Mary Egan, PhD, MSc, BSc, Full Professor, Research Office, School of Rehabilitation Sciences, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and Jo Adams, PhD, MSc, DipCOT, Senior Lecturer, Professional Lead for Occupational Therapy, School of Health Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK
Table of Contents



Contributors List

Section 1: Introduction

Chapter 1 - Evolution of occupational therapy within the health care context (Michael Curtin, Jo Adams and Mary Egan)

Section 2: Underpinning sciences

Chapter 2 - Occupational science (Debbie Laliberte Rudman, Rebecca Aldrich)

Chapter 3 - Biomedical sciences (Lesley Collier, Richard Collier)

Chapter 4 - Social sciences (Judith Pettigrew, Katie Robinson)

Section 3: Professional reasoning

Chapter 5 - Client-centredness (Jacquie Ripat)

Chapter 6 - Communication in occupational Therapy practice (Sue Baptiste)

Chapter 7 - Professional reasoning in occupational therapy practice (Carolyn Anne Unsworth)

Chapter 8 - Canadian practice process framework (Noemi Cantin, Martine Brousseau)

Chapter 9 - Occupational therapy practice models (Merrill Turpin)

Chapter 10 - Occupational performance model (Australia): a description of constructs, structure and propositions (Chris Chapparo, Judy L. Ranka, Melissa Therese Nott)

Chapter 11 - The Canadian model of occupational performance and engagement (cmop-e) (Jane A. Davis)

Section 4: Assessment

Chapter 12 - Process of assessment (Clare Hocking, Karen Whalley Hammell)

Chapter 13 - Canadian occupational performance measure (Heather Colquhoun, Anne W. Hunt and Janet F. Murchison)

Chapter 14 - Task, activity and occupational analysis (Cynthia Perlman, Melanie Bergthorson)

Chapter 15 - Dynamic performance analysis (Rose Martini, Dorothy Kessler)

Chapter 16 - Analysis of occupational performance: motor, process and social interaction skills (Gill Chard, Sue Mesa)

Chapter 17 - Perceive, recall, plan and perform (prpp) system of task analysis and intervention (Chris Chapparo, Judy L. Ranka and Melissa Therese Nott)

Chapter 18 - Assessing the environment (Gunilla Carlsson, Agneta Malmgren Ange)

Chapter 19 - Reasoning underpinning assessments for people experiencing neurological conditions (Mary Egan, Lise Zakutney)

Chapter 20 - Reasoning underpinning assessments for people experiencing musculoskeletal conditions (Tanja A. Stamm, Stefanie Haider, Simone Luschin and Agnes Sturma)

Chapter 21 - Reasoning underpinning assessments for people experiencing medical conditions and conditions requiring surgery (Deidre Morgan, Celia Marston and Jenni Bourke)

Section 5: Goals

Chapter 22 - Writing occupation-focused goals (Julia Bowman, Lise Mogensen and Natasha A. Lannin)

Section 6: Enabling skills and strategies

Chapter 23 - Overview of enabling skills and strategies (Michael Curtin)

Chapter 24 - Advocacy and lobbying (Valmae Rose, Kevin Cocks and Lesley Chenoweth)

Chapter 25 – Education (Tammy Hoffmann, Sally Eames)

Chapter 26 - Public health (Rachael Dixey)

Chapter 27 - Community development (Marie Grandisson, Anick Sauvageau)

Chapter 28 - Community-based rehabilitation (Kirsty Thompson, Christina L. Parasyn, Briana Wilson and Beth Sprunt)

Chapter 29 – Coaching (Wendy Pentland, Amy Heinz, Jeanette Isaacs-Young and Jen Gash)

Chapter 30 - Psychosocial support (Jacqueline Mckenna)

Chapter 31 - Working with groups (Claire Craig)

Chapter 32 - Enabling sexuality (Narelle Higson)

Chapter 33 - Personal care (Helen Van Huet, Tracey Elizabeth Parnell and Virginia Mitsch)

Chapter 34 – Leisure (Ruth Squire, Lucia Ramsey and Carolyn Dunford)

Chapter 35 – Work (Yeliz Prior, Alison Hammond)

Chapter 36 - Biomechanical strategies (Hanif Farhan Mohd Rasdi)

Chapter 37 - Hand therapy (Kathy Whalley, Sarah Bradley and Jo Adams)

Chapter 38 - Orthotics

(Natasha A. Lannin, Iona Novak and Michelle Jackman)

Chapter 39 - Working with people living with vision impairment (Alexandra Lonsdale, Carlia Rix and Kirsty Stewart)

Chapter 40 - Optimising motor performance and sensation after brain impairment

(Annie Mccluskey, Natasha A. Lannin, Karl Schurr and Simone Dorsch)

Chapter 41 - Cognitive and perceptual strategies (Carolyn Anne Unsworth)

Chapter 42 - Cognitive orientation to daily occupational performance

(Helene J. Polatajko, Sara E. Mcewen, Deirdre R. Dawson and Elizabeth R. Skidmore)

Chapter 43 - Assistive technology (Natasha A. Layton)

Chapter 44 - Universal design (Sharon Joines, Andrew Payne)

Chapter 45 - Home modification (Catherine E. Bridge, Phillippa Carnemolla)

Chapter 46 – Mobility (Kristy M. Robson)

Chapter 47 - Wheeled mobility and seating systems (Rachael Leigh Mcdonald)

Chapter 48 - Driving and community mobility (Marilyn Di Stefano)

Chapter 49 - Moving and handling (Tess Whitehead)

Section 7: Reflecting on practice

Chapter 50 - Reflecting on practice (Genevieve P. Epin)


Reflecting on practice – excerpts from bonus practice stories

Mrs Tremblay: A practice story of a person experiencing rehabilitation following a

stroke - reflecting on practice (Dorothy Kessler, Katrine Sauve-Shenk, Valerie Metcalfe)

Karin: A practice story of a person experiencing rheumatoid arthritis - reflecting on practice (Mathilda Bjork, Ingrid Thyberg)

Angela: A practice story of a person experiencing palliative care – reflecting on practice (Deidre Morgan, Celia Marston)

Book Reviews

"Overall, the book provides a breadth of information onoccupational therapy practice and would serue as a good foundationaltext for students."

"Many chapters contain clear visuals in the form of figures and tables to enhance understanding of concepts and information presented. They also contain practice scenarios to demonstrate the application of theory to practice. This book is suitable for all levels of undergraduate students, postgraduate students, occupational therapy practitioners and those involved in the teaching of occupational therapy practice."The Irish Journal of Occupational Therapy Summer 2010,

Book details
ISBN: 9780702054464
Page Count: 840
Illustrations : Approx. 200 illustrations (80 in full color)
Retail Price : £52.99
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