The World Federation of Occupational Therapists provides the following definition of Occupational Therapy (OT): "Occupational therapy is as a profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of OT is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by enabling people to do things that will enhance their ability to participate or by modifying the environment to better support participation." Occupational therapists use careful analysis of physical, environmental, psychosocial, mental, and cultural factors to identify barriers to occupation. Occupational therapy draws from the fields of medicine, psychology, and many other disciplines in developing its knowledge base..
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Who is a Certified Hand Therapist?
According to the Hand Therapy Certification Committee (HTCC) A Certified Hand Therapist (CHT) is “an occupational therapist or physical therapist who has a minimum of five years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, the Certified Hand Therapist has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in upper quarter rehabilitation. Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.”