This course provides an overview of scientific, sociocultural, economic, and political factors that impact the practice of occupational therapy in a changing health care environment. Course topics include the following: perspective consciousness, sociocultural awareness, the International Classification of Function Model for viewing function and dysfunction, adapting to a disabling condition. Students learn and apply medical terminology in order to communicate effectively with health care professionals. AIDS, schizophrenia, and other conditions are introduced in this course as exemplars of chronic conditions that demand attention across the full spectrum of service delivery.
Prerequisites: Admission to OT program.