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Occupational therapy and primary care

  • Marije Bolt (a1), Tiska Ikking (a2), Rosa Baaijen (a3) and Stephanie Saenger (a4)
Abstract

This article is the first in a series of two articles about Occupational Therapy and Primary Care. This first article describes the health policy context in which primary health care should be strengthened. A definition of occupational therapy is given and the scope of the profession is explained. Based on a survey amongst the (experts of) member associations of COTEC, an overview is given of the main target groups and how occupational therapy is embedded and organized in different countries. In a position statement it is argued why occupational therapy can and should contribute to a comprehensive integrated primary care and challenges to strengthen the position of the profession are described.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Author for correspondence: Marije Bolt, Occupational Therapist, Cordaan – Primary Care Team, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, E-mail: marijebolt35@gmail.com
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Written on behalf of COTEC by: Marije Bolt, Tiska Ikking, Rosa Baaijen, Stephanie Saenger.

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