Therapists' and clients' perceptions of the occupational performance history interview

Occup Ther Health Care. 2005;19(1-2):173-92. doi: 10.1080/J003v19n01_13.


SUMMARY The Occupational Performance History Interview-Second Version (OPHI-II) is a semi-structured interview that gathers life history information. The interview data is used to score three rating scales and complete a narrative slope. Previous research has primarily examined the validity of the scales. This qualitative study sought to understand from the perspectives of therapists and clients how they experienced the interview process and narrative slope of the OPHI-II. Clients and therapists agreed that the OPHI-II interview built rapport, generated insights into the client's life experiences, and was helpful in planning goals and services and both groups generally found the narrative slope valuable. Both therapists and clients indicated the importance of tailoring the interview process and the narrative slope to each client's unique perspective and needs. Study findings both support the usefulness of the OPHI-II and provide suggestions for how it can be used most effectively.