Mary Egan, PhD, OT Reg (Ont); Lori Scott-Lowery, OT Reg (Ont); Cynthia De Serres Larose, erg. OEQ (Qc); Liane Gallant, MScS (OT); Chantal Jaillet, OT Reg (NB)
Background: Client-centered occupational therapy begins with the identification of personally-relevant patient goals. This study aimed to determine whether the elicitation module of Personal Projects Analysis (PPA) could help patients in an acquired brain injury day hospital program identify more meaningful goals than those identified using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) alone.
Method: Ten patients completed the COPM. They rated the importance of each goal and their confidence that they could attain each goal. During the next session, using the elicitation module of PPA, they identified personal projects just prior to their brain injuries, current personal projects, and future desired personal projects. They were then invited to revise their COPM goals and re-rate them for importance and confidence.
Results: Following completion of the elicitation module of PPA, seven participants changed at least one goal. Of the goals that were changed, half were revised to include the mention of another person. There were no significant changes in average goal importance or perceived attainability. Occupational therapists reported that the elicitation module of PPA helped them get to know their patients better and identify potential therapeutic occupations.
Discussion: The elicitation module of PPA may help people develop goals that are more embedded in their social contexts.
Egan, M., Scott-Lowery, L., De Serres Larose, C., Gallant, L., & Jaillet, C. C. (2016). The Use of Personal Projects Analysis to Enhance Occupational Therapy Goal Identification. The Open Journal of Occupational Therapy, 4(1). https://doi.org/10.15453/2168-6408.1186