The Biopsychosocial Model and Occupational Therapy

The OT Flourish Podcast

09-01-2020 • 47 mins

The biopsychosocial model and occupational therapy are the perfect match as they both focus on the biological, psychological, and social elements, as well as a person's individual experiences. It is often confused as being a biopsychosocial frame of reference, but it's not, as a model of practice helps organize a clinician's thinking and approach, vs  a frame of reference is a tool to guide one's intervention.

What I love about this model, is that it really puts the person first - but wait, I know what you are thinking, "I am an OT practitioner and I already do put my patient's needs first!" But wait! Rafael Salazar II, MHS, OTR and owner of Rehab U Practice Solutions digs in, gives some examples, and shows us how to use this model to maximize our outcomes.


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→ 3 Key Takeaways

  1. Utilizing the biopsychosocial model in occupational therapy can help be a more holistic practitioner
  2. Using the biopsychosocial model can help you be more client centered and have better outcomes
  3. It can help address more psychological factors in a medical model

Resources from the Show

Links, resources and specific recommendations from Rafi

Using Therapeutic Use of Self to Maximize Occupational Therapy Outcomes

Occupational Therapy Documentation: The Ultimate Guide to Simplify Your Documentation

Click Here to Get: Skilled Terminology Quick Reference with Key Phrases for Billing and Reimbursement Cheat Sheet


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