Does the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) Capture the Complex Experiences of Cancer Survivors? A Mixed Methods Approach

Cassandra A. Winters*, Hilary K. Marshall, David E. Victorson, Rachel F. Adler, Susan Magasi

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Abstract

Occupational therapy practitioners are uniquely positioned to address the needs of cancer survivors. This study aimed to understand the complex needs of survivors using The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure and in-depth interviewing. A convergent, mixed methods approach was utilized with a purposive sample of 30 cancer survivors. The results indicate that while the COPM can be a practical tool to address basic occupational performance problems, the in-depth interviews exposed these challenges are intricately connected to identity, relationships, and roles. Implications for occupational therapy practitioners include a critical approach to evaluation and interventions to capture the complex needs of survivors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)347-363
Number of pages17
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Volume38
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2024

Keywords

  • Canadian occupational performance measure
  • cancer survivorship
  • mixed methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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