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Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy

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Now in its fifth edition, the internationally acclaimed Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy continues to provide a practical reference tool which is both an indispensable guide to undergraduates and a practical reference tool for clinicians in the application of models and theories to practice. Underlining the importance and clinical relevance of theory to practice, the text provides an excellent introduction to the theoretical basis of occupational therapy. Contributions are given by both academics and expert clinicians.

All chapters have been revised and updated, new ones have been written and some pre-existing chapters have new authors. A refined structure uses highlight boxes to indicate the key themes and issues of each chapter and useful reflective questions to help the reader review the issues raised in the chapter.


Published: August 2012

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-5312-2


  • Foreword by Elizabeth Townsend
    Cover painting by Michel Pochet

    Section 1 Introduction to the philosophy, principles and practice of occupational therapy
    1 Introduction
    Edward A.S. Duncan

    2 Theoretical foundations of occupational therapy: external influences
    Edward A.S. Duncan

    3 Theoretical foundations of occupational therapy: internal influences
    Edward A.S. Duncan

    4 Skills and processes in occupational therapy
    Edward A.S. Duncan

    5 An introduction to conceptual models of practice and frames of reference
    Edward A.S. Duncan

    Section 2 Conceptual models of practice
    6 The Model of Human Occupation: embracing the complexity of occupation by integrating theory into practice and practice into theory
    Kirsty Forsyth & Gary Kielhofner

    7 Applying the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance
    Thelma Sumsion, Lesley Tischler-Draper & Sheila Heinicke

    8 The Person-Environment-Occupational Performance (PEOP) Model
    Charles Christiansen, Carolyn M. Baum & Julie Bass

    9 The Functional Information-processing Model
    Jackie Pool

    10 The Kawa (River) Model
    Michael K. Iwama & Kee Hean Lim

    Section 3 Frames of reference
    11 The client-centred frame of reference
    Davina M. Parker

    12 The cognitive behavioural frame of reference
    Edward A.S. Duncan

    13 An introduction to the psychodynamic frame of reference
    Margaret A. Daniel & Sheena E.E. Blair

    14 The biomechanical frame of reference in occupational therapy
    Ian R. McMillan

    15 Theoretical approaches to motor control and cognitive-perceptual function
    Sally Feaver & Leisle Ezekiel

    Section 4 A new science
    16 The evolving theory of clinical reasoning
    Carolyn A. Unsworth

    17 Community-based rehabilitation
    Rachel Thibeault & Michele Hebert

    18 Occupational science: genesis, evolution and future contribution
    Matthew Molineux & Gail E. Whiteford



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