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 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

Describing Occupations

A new program to provide rehabilitation services for clients with multiple sclerosis is being designed. The program will serve clients who are living in the community and are admitted for short-term rehabilitation services.

In Research

Intervention for Musculoskeletal Conditions

An group of occupational therapists provides intervention services for adults with rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or after total joint replacements. They want to find an outcome measure that is specific to occupational therapy and assesses changes in daily occupations.