Date of Award


Document Type

Critically Appraised Topic


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Anne Haskins

Second Advisor

Breann Lamborn

Third Advisor

Gail Bass/Devon Olson Lambert


Occupational therapy (OT) is “the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). OT practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability” (AOTA, 2020 p. S1) OT practitioners use meaningful occupations to promote health and a better lifestyle for people with injury, illness, or disability in all stages of life. OT practitioners use evidence-based practice, look at the environment and the task and make the best fit to the person while keeping the person at the center of the practice. Evaluations are the first step to determine the client’s goals and then a reevaluation is used to make sure that the goals are being met (AOTA, 2020).