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This study investigated United States (U.S.) occupational therapy (OT) practitioners’ perceived value and utilization of OT models in practice. In addition, this research explored correlations that might impact practitioner value and choice of models as related to entry-level OT educational program, practice setting, and frequency of model utilization. The study utilized a cross-sectional research design. A convenience sample of 219 OT practitioners completed an 18-question online survey capturing participant demographics, perceived value, and utilization of models. Practitioners indicated they used models (79.45%, n = 174) in practice with 77.63% (n = 170) reporting they somewhat or strongly agreed that models were valuable to their practice. The greater the practitioner’s perceived value of models, the more often the person used models in practice (rs = .575, p


Rhonda Davis-Cheshire, OTD, MOT, OTR/L is an Assistant Professor of occupational therapy at Kettering College in Kettering, OH.

Kailey Davis, Lindsay Drumm, Sydney Neal, Emma Norris, Melanie Parker, Christina Prezzia, and Colleen Whalen are students in the Kettering College occupational therapy doctoral program.

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