An introduction to occupational science, a foundation for occupational therapy in the 21st century

Occup Ther Health Care. 1990;6(4):1-17. doi: 10.1080/J003v06n04_04.


Occupational science is an emerging basic science which supports the practice of occupational therapy. Its roots in the rich traditions of occupational therapy are explored and its current configuration is introduced. Specifications which the science needs to meet as it is further developed and refined are presented. Compatible disciplines and research approaches are identified. example's of basic science research questions and their potential contributions to occupational therapy practice are suggested.