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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Brent H. Braveman, MEd, OTR/L(University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This textbook highlights collaborative intraprofessional relationships in clinical practice between registered occupational therapists (OTRs) and certified occupational therapy assistants (COTAs).
Purpose: The stated purpose of the book is to provide an extensive review of the roles and functions of occupational therapy practitioners. A second stated purpose is to be a clinical reference and major classroom text.
Audience: The author's intended audience for this book is both students and practitioners. Although the delineation of professional roles is clear and consistent with mainstream practice, the clinical applications are general. Students and entry-level COTAs or OTRs will find this text informative. Advanced clinicians unfamiliar with working in intraprofessional teams may also benefit from reading this text.
Features: Multiple sample forms and diagrams of treatment processes are provided to supplement the text. Photographs are limited, but are of good quality. Several appendixes are included (e.g., standards of practice, code of ethics) and are valuable references for entry-level practitioners. The expanded table of contents is useful in identifying and locating key concepts.
Assessment: This book will appeal to students because of its effective integration of theory, professional documents, and application to clinical practice. The clinical examples are varied, which lends to its value as an introductory text. However, the generality and variety of clinical examples limit its usefulness for experienced practitioners. The book is recommended for COTA programs and as an introduction to intraprofessional relationships and team building for OTRs.