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The Role of OT in a Hybrid Community Mental Health/Primary Care Clinic

1 January 2016


Occupational therapy (OT) serves the uniquely valuable role of bridging physical and mental health in a hybrid community mental health/primary care setting. OT is an important contributor on the interprofessional team, and a growing focus on interprofessional practice dictates comprehensive interprofessional education for clinical students, including those studying OT. This descriptive report outlines the development process of the OT Clinic within the Pacific Psychology and Comprehensive Health Clinic in Portland, Oregon. The Person-Environment-Occupation model (Law et al., 1996) was utilized to assess the current state of the clinic through an OT lens. Four key factors for success in program development emerged, including (a) assessment of baseline awareness and understanding of OT amongst clinicians; (b) consistent in-person presence of OT; (c) interactive education on the role of OT; and (d) identification of influential personnel, resources, and champions within the clinic. Findings from this report will inform similar OT program development in interprofessional academic clinics.


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