Doing Occupational Justice: A Central Dimension of Everyday Occupational Therapy Practice.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

BACKGROUND.: The Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists (CAOT) and the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) state that occupational justice is part of the domain of occupational therapy and that occupational justice is "an aspect of contexts and environments and an outcome of intervention" (AOTA, 2014, p. S9). KEY ISSUES.: Despite the increasing focus on justice in the occupational therapy and the occupational science literature, many practitioners in traditional settings do not see its relevance to their everyday practice (Galvin, Wilding, & Whiteford, 2011) or have difficulty envisioning how to enact a justice-informed practice. PURPOSE.: This paper demonstrates how occupational justice is germane to all settings of occupational therapy, and how it can be enacted at micro, meso, and macro levels of occupational therapy practice. IMPLICATIONS.: We argue that occupational therapy is a justice-oriented profession at its core and will discuss how occupational justice can be enacted at all levels of practice.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Bailliard, AL; Dallman, AR; Carroll, A; Lee, BD; Szendrey, S

Published Date

  • April 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 87 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 144 - 152

PubMed ID

  • 31964168

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1911-9828

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0008417419898930


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States