Problem solving: A teaching and therapeutic tool for older adults and their families

Laura N. Gitlin

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


Problem solving is integral to clinical reasoning and everyday occupational therapy practices. It can also be a systematic therapeutic modality for identifying client or family caregiver concerns and teaching new approaches to self-management. This chapter presents a systematic approach to help occupational therapists identify target problem areas and potential modifiable contributing factors when working with older adults and families. The approach is applicable to a broad range of clinical problems associated with the consequences and management of chronic illness and provides therapists with an important tool for actively engage clients in self-management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions
PublisherSpringer New York
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9780387754239
StatePublished - Dec 1 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Caregiving
  • Chronic illness
  • Client-centered care
  • Cultural competence
  • Self-efficacy
  • Self-management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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