Enhancing a client-centred practice with the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure: A Scoping Review

Anette Enemark Larsen, Betina Ada Rasmussen, Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen

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Background . The active participation of clients is an important aspect of rehabilitation quality as conceptualized in client-centred practice (CCP). A recommended outcome measure for enhancing CCP is the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). However, the relationship between COPM use and CCP enhancement has not been documented. Aim . The aim of this study was to examine whether the use of the COPM enhanced CCP. Methods . We performed a scoping review in five steps: (1) identifying a search strategy with inclusion and exclusion criteria; (2) screening relevant databases for published and unpublished studies by using selected keywords and by manually scrutinizing reference lists; (3) agreeing on eligible papers between authors in terms of inclusion and exclusion criteria; (4) charting included data; and (5) analysing data using qualitative content analysis. Results . Twelve studies were included in the review. The results indicated enhanced CCP in two themes when using the COPM. These themes appeared to influence each other; therefore, the first theme, Conditions for enhancing CCP when using the COPM , represented the circumstances needed for the second theme, Enhancing CCP when using the COPM , to be fulfilled. Conclusion. The use of the COPM seems to enhance CCP if certain conditions are present.

Original languageEnglish
Article number5956301
JournalOccupational Therapy International
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 2018


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