In Programs

The COPM was originally designed to be an outcome measure to show the impact of occupational therapy services as well as confirm the positive aspects of therapy in the lives of the people who received services. As such, it has applicability not only as a tool for use with individual clients but also for programs both in program evaluation and program development.

Using the COPM in Program Development

The COPM is a useful tool throughout the therapy process: in initiating the therapist client interaction, in identifying client identified performance issues and setting the stage for client-selected intervention goals and then establishing the client’s perspective on outcomes.

Evaluating Programs

A pilot occupational therapy community skills group created to enable individuals living with severe, chronic mental illness to have better outcomes.

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.