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

Laura N. Gitlin

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Abstract Problem solving is integral to clinical reasoning and everyday occu-pational 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 (OTs) 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 engaging clients in self-management.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions, Second Edition
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages15
ISBN (Electronic)9783319081410
ISBN (Print)9783319081403
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015


  • Caregiving
  • Chronic Illness
  • Client-Centered Care
  • Cultural Competence
  • Self-Efficacy
  • Self-Management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Health Professions
  • General Psychology


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