About the COPM

COPM Manual

The COPM was developed as a client-centred tool to enable individuals to identify and prioritize everyday issues that restrict or impact their performance in everyday living. One of the strengths of the measure is its broad focus on occupational performance in all areas of life, including self-care, leisure and productivity, taking into account development throughout the lifespan and the personal life circumstances.

The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) is an important tool to enable personalized health care. Designed for use by occupational therapists, the measure serves to identify issues of personal importance to the client and to detect changes in a client’s self-perception of occupational performance over time. The COPM, which initiates the conversation with clients about performance issues in everyday living, provides the basis for setting intervention goals. Multidisciplinary health care teams have also used the COPM extensively as an initial client-centred assessment. The COPM is intended for use as an outcome measure, and as such, should be administered at the beginning of services, and again at appropriate intervals thereafter, as determined by the client and therapist. The COPM is protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights. The manual and measure must be purchased. The COPM has been translated into 35 languages. For details, please contact us

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COPM Manual

The COPM for Your Business/Organization

The COPM measures the problems in daily living — how your clients perceive their functional performance. With the COPM, your staff and your clients are speaking the same language — one that both can understand. The COPM helps clients identify and rate almost any aspect of everyday living. It gives you an individual benchmark to gauge the effectiveness of your services and your staff.

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The COPM authors wish to thank the Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists for support in funding the development of this website.