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Objective: This qualitative life history study was completed through a semi-structured interview with Dr. Yvonne Randall. This paper reflects a piece of a larger study gathering information and insights about occupational therapy throughout history and how it has evolved. The purpose of the study is to provide current and future generations of occupational therapists a view of the history and how occupational therapy practice has evolved from its inception to current practice through the life history stories of occupational therapists who have held leadership roles at the national level and beyond. It is anticipated that the life history process will be a powerful way to gather this information.

Method: A detailed, semi-structured interview was conducted at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The interview was transcribed verbatim and analyzed for codes, categories, themes, and a final assertion.

Results: Data analysis examined and coded the information gained from the interview. The codes that emerged from the interview were further grouped into categories and then themes. This information led to a final assertion that reflects the information from the interview.

Conclusion: Dr. Randall's values and passion in her personal and professional life have guided her commitment to advocating for clients and the profession of occupational therapy.

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Occupational Therapists, Dementia care, passion, advocacy.


Occupational Therapy

Evolution of Occupational Therapy Practice: Life History of  Yvonne Randall, EdD, MHA, OTR/L, FAOTA.