The COPM in Use

The COPM process is an open dialogue between client and therapist, each bringing their own expertise and perspective to the conversation. The COPM’s flexibility allows the therapist considerable leeway to ensure the tool works best for the situation. The tool’s flexibility has also enabled its use in practice, research and programs, and within multi-disciplinary teams, both as a program development and program evaluation tool.

Featured Case Studies

In Practice

The COPM as a Framework

When the COPM is completed by both parent and teacher, it can serve as a means of opening communication between them and identifying mutually agreed-upon goals.

In Programs

Examining Practice Patterns

Health care managers may find the COPM useful as a way of collecting data for a number of administrative purposes. For example, the COPM has been used to structure databases tracking occupational therapy practice patterns and referral profiles.

In Research

Intervention for Children with Disabilities

An occupational therapist working in the community children’s centre has been using the COPM to measure change after intervention for the children that she sees for therapy services. She is interested in looking at research that uses the COPM to evaluate the effectiveness of new and emerging occupational therapy interventions.