Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy, 5th Edition

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Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy, 5th Edition


Now in its fifth edition, the internationally acclaimed Foundations for Practice in Occupational Therapy continues to provide a practical reference tool which is both an indispensable guide to undergraduates and a practical reference tool for clinicians in the application of models and theories to practice. Underlining the importance and clinical relevance of theory to practice, the text provides an excellent introduction to the theoretical basis of occupational therapy. Contributions are given by both academics and expert clinicians.

All chapters have been revised and updated, new ones have been written and some pre-existing chapters have new authors. A refined structure uses highlight boxes to indicate the key themes and issues of each chapter and useful reflective questions to help the reader review the issues raised in the chapter.

  • Discusses evidence-based practices and established theories but also includes contemporary developments
  • Range of expert contributors provide an international perspective of practice
  • Case studies highlighting the application of theory to practice
  • Details of the latest developments and debates in the field
  • 2 chapters on the PEOP model and community-based rehabilitation
  • Highlight boxes throughout indicating key themes/issues
  • Reflective questions at the end of each chapter

Foreword by Elizabeth Townsend Preface Acknowledgements Cover painting by Michel Pochet Contributors

Section 1 Introduction to the philosophy, principles and practice of occupational therapy 1 Introduction Edward A.S. Duncan

2 Theoretical foundations of occupational therapy: external influences Edward A.S. Duncan

3 Theoretical foundations of occupational therapy: internal influences Edward A.S. Duncan

4 Skills and processes in occupational therapy Edward A.S. Duncan

5 An introduction to conceptual models of practice and frames of reference Edward A.S. Duncan

Section 2 Conceptual models of practice 6 The Model of Human Occupation: embracing the complexity of occupation by integrating theory into practice and practice into theory Kirsty Forsyth & Gary Kielhofner

7 Applying the Canadian Model of Occupational Performance Thelma Sumsion, Lesley Tischler-Draper & Sheila Heinicke

8 The Person–Environment–Occupational Performance (PEOP) Model Charles Christiansen, Carolyn M. Baum & Julie Bass

9 The Functional Information-processing Model Jackie Pool

10 The Kawa (River) Model Michael K. Iwama & Kee Hean Lim

Section 3 Frames of reference 11 The client-centred frame of reference Davina M. Parker

12 The cognitive behavioural frame of reference Edward A.S. Duncan

13 An introduction to the psychodynamic frame of reference Margaret A. Daniel & Sheena E.E. Blair

14 The biomechanical frame of reference in occupational therapy Ian R. McMillan

15 Theoretical approaches to motor control and cognitive–perceptual function Sally Feaver & Leisle Ezekiel

Section 4 A new science 16 The evolving theory of clinical reasoning Carolyn A. Unsworth

17 Community-based rehabilitation Rachel Thibeault & Michele Hebert

18 Occupational science: genesis, evolution and future contribution Matthew Molineux & Gail E. Whiteford


Edward A. S. Duncan, PhD, BSc(Hons), Dip CBT, Clinical Research Fellow, Nursing Midwifery and Allied Health Professions Research Unit, The University of Stirling, Scotland, UK; Honorary Advanced Clinical Practitioner, NHS Forth Valley, Scotland, UK
Postdoctoral Research Fellow


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