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Introduction to the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)

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    Bella Martini

intro to copm

Introduction to the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)


Occupational therapists employ a range of assessments to evaluate clients' abilities, identify limitations, and develop personalised intervention plans. Here's a summary of some of the top assessments commonly used in occupational therapy practice:

The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM):

COPM is a client-centred assessment tool used to identify an individual's self-perceived performance issues in daily living. It involves a semi-structured interview where clients identify activities that are important to them and rate their performance and satisfaction levels. The Functional Independence Measure (FIM): FIM assesses a client's level of independence in performing basic activities of daily living (ADLs) and instrumental activities of daily living (IADLs). It evaluates areas such as self-care, mobility, communication, social cognition, and more.

The Barthel Index:

The Barthel Index assesses a person's ability to perform basic ADLs independently, such as bathing, grooming, feeding, toileting, and mobility. It provides a quantitative measure of functional status and is often used in rehabilitation settings.

The Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE):

MMSE is a brief screening tool used to assess cognitive function in older adults. It evaluates areas such as orientation, memory, attention, language, and visuospatial skills and can help identify cognitive impairments. The Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS): AMPS is an observational assessment that evaluates a person's motor and process skills while performing ADL tasks. It provides detailed information about the quality of performance and can guide intervention planning.

The Sensory Profile:

The Sensory Profile assesses a person's sensory processing patterns across various sensory domains, including auditory, visual, tactile, vestibular, and proprioceptive. It helps occupational therapists understand how sensory preferences or sensitivities may impact daily functioning. These assessments, among others, provide valuable information to guide occupational therapy interventions and promote clients' engagement and participation in meaningful activities.