Leisure as an end, not just a means, in occupational therapy intervention

Szu Wei Chen, Tracy Chippendale

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Leisure is commonly treated as a means instead of an end goal of intervention. This approach, influenced by history and society’s past values, does not reflect the fact that leisure is meaningful and unique to its participants and has a significant effect on their health. On the basis of the core values of the occupational therapy profession and its role in the health care system, in this article we advocate that occupational therapists should expand their focus to include leisure as a goal of intervention. Although adopting this proposed approach may not be easy, given that it involves challenges in reimbursement for services, potential competition with other health professions, and a twisting of the deep-rooted existing values of occupational therapists, we believe the proposed solutions address these concerns and shed light on how to make leisure a valued goal of intervention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number7204347010
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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