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.

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Multidisciplinary Teams

Using the COPM in Multidisciplinary Teams

Although designed specifically for use by occupational therapists, the COPM has proven to be a useful tool for multidisciplinary teams, as the following examples illustrate.

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

Responsiveness of the COPM

The occupational therapists at a regional rehabilitation centre have heard about the COPM and wonder if it will meet their needs to have a tool that can evaluate change after intervention across several programs.