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Occupational Therapy International
Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 7602805, 8 pages
Research Article

Integrating Occupational Therapy Specific Assessments in Practice: Exploring Practitioner Experiences

1Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences, and Society (NVS), Division of Occupational Therapy, Karolinska Institutet, Alfred Nobels Allé 23, B4, Huddinge, Sweden
2Unit for Research, Education, and Development (FoUU), Stockholms Sjukhem Foundation, Stockholm, Sweden
3Department of Occupational Therapy, Tokyo Metropolitan University, Tokyo, Japan
4Department of Occupational Therapy, International University of Health and Welfare, Narita, Japan
5Karolinska University Hospital, Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy Practice Areas, Huddinge, Sweden
6Faculty for Health and Society, Malmö University, Malmö, Sweden

Correspondence should be addressed to Eric Asaba; es.ik@abasa.cire

Received 13 July 2017; Revised 22 October 2017; Accepted 30 October 2017; Published 3 December 2017

Academic Editor: Patricia Belchior

Copyright © 2017 Eric Asaba et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Occupational therapists sometimes find it challenging to integrate client-centered and occupational therapy specific assessments in practice. The aim of this study was to explore the use of occupational therapy specific assessments such as the Assessment of Motor and Process Skills (AMPS) among occupational therapists in Sweden and Japan. Methods. Interviews and qualitative thematic analyses were utilized. Findings. Four themes are reported: use it or lose it, simply no space until after hours, biggest barriers can be colleagues, and being more specific: communication. Conclusion. In keeping with previous studies, occupational therapists often find it challenging to implement client-centered and occupation-based assessment tools into practice. However, more work is needed to understand how best practices can be incorporated into a changing occupational therapy daily practice.