Client Collab: a supplement to the Canadian occupational performance measure to facilitate client-centered goal setting in populations with aphasia
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While it is commonly understood by occupational therapy practitioners that collaborative goal setting leads to increased goal achievement (Sugavanam, Mead, Bulley, Donaghy, & van Wijck, 2013), the current literature shows that people with post stroke aphasia are not optimally involved in the collaborative goal setting process (Berg, Askim, Balandin, Armstrong, & By Rise, 2017; Berg, By Rise, Balandin, Armstrong, & Askim, 2016; Rohde, Townley-O’Neill, Trendall, Worrall, & Cornwell, 2012). This leads to reduced goal achievement (Sugavanam, Mead, Bulley, Donaghy, & van Wijck, 2013) and ultimately less leisure and social participation (Hilari, 2011; Eriksson, Aasnes, Tistad, Guidetti, & von Koch, 2012; Nätterlund, 2010). ClientCollab is a theory-based and evidence-driven online visual supplement to the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM), designed to reduce the cognitive and communication burdens of the COPM and assist the practitioner and client with aphasia in the goal setting process. ClientCollab is guided by research on reading and pictorial comprehension of people with aphasia as well as by the Universal Design of Learning (UDL) theory. The online program is available free of charge at www.clientcollab.net and is designed to be used in conjunction with the COPM to assist the occupational therapy practitioner and client in identifying occupational performance issues. The content of the program parallels the section and subsection breakdown of the COPM and is designed for use during step one of the COPM to assist in the identification of occupational performance issues. The objective of the program is to increase communication between client and practitioner during the goal setting process as well as to increase the number of goals developed with client input. ClientCollab is meant to act as a visual supplement to the goal setting section of the COPM, however it is not meant or able to fully replace the COPM, and must be used in conjunction with the paper or online version of the COPM. In conclusion, ClientCollab aims to decrease the cognitive and communication barriers limiting people with aphasia from completing the COPM in hopes of facilitating increased collaborative goal setting and ultimately increased goal achievement in this population.