Healthcare Quarterly

Healthcare Quarterly 16(1) January 2013 : 69-75.doi:10.12927/hcq.2013.23329
Value for Money

Occupational Therapy: Cost-Effective Solutions for Changing Health System Needs

Kate Rexe, Brenda McGibbon Lammi and Claudia von Zweck

Abstract

Evidence shows occupational therapy interventions are cost-effective in treating or preventing injury and improving health outcomes in areas such as falls prevention, musculoskeletal injury, stroke rehabilitation, early intervention in developmental disabilities, respiratory rehabilitation and home care. Additional research indicates opportunities for occupational therapy to play an increased role in the management of health outcomes in complex and chronic diseases, pain management, non-pharmaceutical mental health interventions, dementia, end-of-life or palliative care and home care. This article aligns the discussion of health system transformation with literature identifying the cost-effectiveness of occupational therapy in Canada.

 

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