Occupation Analysis in Practice
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Occupation Analysis in Practice is the essential book for all future and current occupational therapists. It offers a practical approach to the analysis of occupations in real world practice.

The book frames occupation as the key component for analysis and builds upon previous work limited to analysis at the activity level. It examines the interests, goals, abilities and contexts of individuals, groups, institutions and communities, along with the demands of the occupation. It presents examples of occupation analysis in different practice context including working with children, health promotion, indigenous health, medico-legal practice; mental health and occupational rehabilitation.

The book has four sections. Section 1 introduces theoretical perspectives of the concept of occupation analysis and how such analysis relates to particular models of Occupational Therapy practice and the generic World Health Organisation International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health. Section 2 discusses analysis of particular components of occupation that support practice. These include culture, spirituality, home and community environments as well as self-care and leisure. Section 3 applies analysis of occupations to particular specialties encountered in practice. Section 4 considers the application of Occupation Analysis within professional reasoning and goal setting.


  • International team of contributors
  • Examples of occupation analysis proforma
  • Application to a wide range of practice areas.
  • Glossary of key terms
  • Incudes the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health.


Lynette Mackenzie is a Senior Lecturer in the Discipline of Occupational Therapy at the University of Sydney, having trained in the UK. She has clinical experience in acute, rehabilitation and community settings in both the UK and Australia. Her research interests include evidence-based practice; professional education; home environments, ageing and falls prevention.

Gjyn O'Toole lectures in Occupational Therapy at the University of Newcastle, Australia, having trained in Sydney, Australia. She has clinical experience in acute, rehabilitation and community settings as well as health promotion. Her research interests include curriculum development; therapeutic use of self; communication and the use of reflection to enhance practice.


Notes on contributors.


Part I: Theoretical Perspective on Occupation Analysis.

1 What is occupation analysis? (Gjyn O'Toole).

2 Models to inform occupation analysis (Gjyn O'Toole).

3 The relationship of the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) to occupation analysis (Lynette Mackenzie and Gjyn O'Toole).

Part II: Analysing Relevant Components of Occupation that Underpin Practice.

4 Occupation analysis and spirituality (Lesley Wilson).

5 Cultural dimensions of occupation analysis (Ruth O. Beltran).

6 Occupation analysis and the home and community environment (Lynette Mackenzie).

7 Analysing the occupation components of self-care (Gjyn O'Toole).

8 Occupation analysis and leisure occupations.

Part III: Application of Occupation Analysis to Specific Practice Contexts.

9 Children: Analysing the occupation of play (Anita C. Bundy).

10 Occupation analysis: cognition and acquired brain impairment (Chris Chapparo and Judy Ranka).

11 Dementia and occupation analysis (Gjyn O'Toole, Samantha Ashby and Michelle Fussell).

12 Occupation analysis and falls prevention (Lynette Mackenzie).

13 Indigenous peoples and occupation analysis (Gjyn O'Toole).

14 Medico-legal assessments (Claudia Walker).

15 Creating occupational engagement to maximise recovery in mental health (Elizabeth Anne McKay and Katie Robinson).

16 Occupation analysis and occupational rehabilitation (Carole James).

17 Public health and health promotion (Clare Hocking).

18 Motor aspects of upper limb functioning and occupation analysis (Judy L. Ranka and Christine Chapparo).

19 Occupation analysis and successful ageing (Ann McIntyre).

Part IV: The Interface Between Aspects of Practice and Occupation Analysis.

20 The importance of professional thinking and reasoning in occupation analysis.

21 Setting and evaluating person-centred goals: an outcome of occupation analysis (Steve Park).

Appendix: Analysing occupations: helpful resources (Gjyn O'Toole and Lynette Mackenzie).




"This book provides a good starting point for the development of a more complex understanding of activity analysis that holds occupation as the central component. It is aimed at students and new practitioners,
but would have relevance to all levels of clinicians seeking to develop occupationally focused practice." (British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 1 January 2012)