Client-Chosen Goals in Occupational Therapy: Strategy and Instrument Pilot

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Client-centered practice and outcomes research are missions of occupational therapy. Although strategies for client goal-setting have advanced the field, the process has limitations. This study tested a self-report strategy using brief, easy to score measures. The Goals for Occupational Therapy List was completed at mostly independent intake and paired with a follow-up measure of Goal Satisfaction Rating by 40 clients in an outpatient rehabilitation center. The strategy of pairing self-report measures of goal-setting and attainment was useful for clinicians and yielded important research findings. Application to occupational therapy and future research are suggested.