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Purpose: This project gathered information about the history and evolution of OT practice in North Dakota and Wyoming through life histories of individuals who have been influential in developing occupational therapy (OT) in these two states. Catherine Bailey was selected to participate; she has been practicing for approximately 40 years and has influenced OT practice in the state of Wyoming. Method: Data was collected through participant interview. The interview was audio recorded and transcribed. Data was then coded and collapsed into categories with corresponding themes. The researchers utilized the Kawa Model (Turpin and Iwama, 2011) and a timeline provided by Catherine to guide their research. This allowed the researchers to gain a rich understanding of the participant's life. Findings: Catherine feels that OT becomes a lifestyle in which education, life-long learning, and multidisciplinary client-centered practice are keys to success. OT is easily integrated into all aspects of life.

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occupational therapists, Collaboration, altruistic attitude, life-long learner.


Occupational Therapy

Evolution of Occupational Therapy Practice: Life History of Catherine Bailey, MOT, OTR/L