The OT-Europe Definition of Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy is a profession concerned with improving well-being for persons of all ages through enabling occupations to promote health and participation in society.

Occupational Therapists do this by supporting persons’ engagement in occupations and activities that they want, need and chose to do in everyday life.

Occupational Therapists explore new ways of doing things by adapting activities and physical and social environments to improve function, capacity and participation.

Occupational Therapists work in partnership with those involved in the persons’ life, for example, family and carers, teachers and employers, to achieve persons’ and communities’ desired outcomes and promote an inclusive society.