The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure: An Outcome Measure for Occupational Therapy Academic Article uri icon

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  • The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists, in collaboration with Health and Welfare Canada have developed and published a conceptual model for occupational therapy, the Occupational Performance model. This paper describes the development of an outcome measure, The Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), which is designed to be used with these guidelines for client-centred clinical practice. The COPM is an outcome measure designed for use by occupational therapists to assess client outcomes in the areas of self-care, productivity and leisure. Using a semi-structured interview, the COPM is a five step process which measures individual, client-identified problem areas in daily function. Two scores, for performance and satisfaction with performance are obtained. This paper describes the rationale and development of the COPM as well as information about its use for therapists.


  • Law, Mary Catherine
  • Baptiste, Sue
  • McColl, MaryAnn
  • Opzoomer, Anne
  • Polatajko, Helene
  • Pollock, Nancy

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  • April 1990