"Do-Live-Well": a Canadian framework for promoting occupation, health, and well-being

Can J Occup Ther. 2015 Feb;82(1):9-23. doi: 10.1177/0008417414545981.


Background: Occupational therapists can bring a unique and valuable perspective to the national dialogue on health promotion. Current approaches have a narrow focus on diet and exercise; a broader focus on occupation has the potential to enrich understanding regarding forces that contribute to health and well-being.

Purpose: A new "Do-Live-Well" framework will be presented that is grounded in evidence regarding the links between what people do every day and their health and well-being.

Key issues: Elements of the framework include eight different dimensions of experience and five key activity patterns that impact health and well-being outcomes. Personal and social forces that shape activity engagement also affect the links to health and well-being.

Implications: The framework is designed to facilitate individual reflection, community advocacy, and system-level dialogue about the impact of day-to-day occupations on the health and well-being of Canadians.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Canada
  • Employment*
  • Health Promotion / methods*
  • Humans
  • Occupational Therapy*
  • Personal Satisfaction*