Professional reasoning in acute general medical and surgical settings is influenced by a number of factors. Assessment needs to take into consideration the complexity of people's multiple comorbidities, the fast-paced nature of admission and a focus on occupational performance factors that influence decisions about discharge destination. Although the occupational therapist seeks to adopt an occupational and person-centred focus to assessment, this can be challenging to achieve in a biomedical setting. Decision making that requires consideration of ethical and other complex issues in a person's care is best done within the context of interdisciplinary and senior occupational therapy support. Assessments in these settings need to be conducted in a timely manner to ensure best possible outcomes.
|Title of host publication||Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment|
|Subtitle of host publication||Promoting Occupation and Participation|
|Editors||Michael Curtin, Mary Egan, Jo Adams|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
- Societal and practice contexts
- working in a biomedical context
- deconditioning and functional decline
- Person-centered approach to assessment
- Joint interdisciplinary assessments
- occupational assessment
- unplanned readmissions
- acute settings
- discharge planning
Morgan, D., Marston, C., & Bourke, J. (2017). Reasoning underpinning assessments for people experiencing medical conditions and conditions requiring surgery. In M. Curtin, M. Egan, & J. Adams (Eds.), Occupational Therapy for People Experiencing Illness, Injury or Impairment: Promoting Occupation and Participation (7th ed., pp. 293-305). Elsevier.