Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Science


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Dr. Shirley Lukens

Second Advisor

Dr. Cindee Peterson

Third Advisor

Dr. Richard G. Cooper

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The use of activity analysis in occupational therapy daily practice was examined by survey. One hundred occupational therapists who serve as fieldwork educations received survey forms with thirty seven usable questionnaires being returned. The study found that all therapists were doing activity analysis as a mental process; however, only 2 therapists were using a written activity analysis form in their daily practice. Most subjects indicated that activity analysis is important to occupational therapy but that formal activity analysis is too time consuming. Several therapists recognized the benefits of completing formal activity analysis. The respondents identified selecting activities for treatment which matched treatment goals and client's interest as the greatest values of activity analysis. The development of simple and useful formal activity analysis forms for a documentation is needed to enhance professional identity and reimbursement.