Occupational Therapy Practice Areas in the 21st Century
As a profession, we have begun the journey towards our centennial in 2017, committed to meeting the occupational needs of society. During AOTA’s visioning process, we examined the drivers of change that are likely to shape health care and the social landscape of the 21st century. Six broad overarching areas of practice—both traditional and emerging—became apparent.
Each of the practice areas features a variety of settings, populations, diagnoses, specialties, and concerns—with issues and needs that can be met by occupational therapy practitioners, educators, and scientists.