Clinical Utility of the Danish Version of the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure

Anette Enemark Larsen, Christina Jessen-Winge, Jeanette Reffstrup Christensen

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    Background: The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) is intended to help clients identify and evaluate their occupational performance issues. As it enhances client-centred
    practice (CCP), more frequent use of the COPM might fulfill the political agenda of patient
    involvement in Denmark. However, in a study translating the COPM into Danish, challenges
    were found highlighting the need to study its clinical utility.
    Aim: To examine the clinical utility of the Danish version of the COPM (COPM-DK) and help
    determine whether to recommend a more routinely use.
    Methods: Data gathered during qualitative interviews with 16 occupational therapists (OTs)
    from various settings were subjected to a qualitative content analysis.
    Results: The COPM-DK appeared to have clinical utility, especially regarding the meaning and relevance of the information obtained, and seemed to facilitate an occupational lens and CCP. The OTs’ difficulties and concerns when using the COPM and their personal and environmental commitment to the COPM seemed associated with how they performed the COPM. Thus, training was ecommended to facilitate a valid and reliable use. Conclusion: Given the benefits and the perceived utility of the COPM-DK, a more routinely use, to place OTs and CCP in the center of Danish healthcare system, is recommended.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalScandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy
    Issue number3
    Pages (from-to)239-250
    Number of pages13
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


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