How children and their parents value using the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) with children themselves

Gijs J. Q. Verkerk*, Lisanne van der Molen-Meulmeester, Mattijs W. Alsem

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PURPOSE: Although the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) is used with children, it is unclear how they and their parents experience this. This study aims to investigate the opinions of children and their parents about the COPM when it is used with children. METHODS: Semi-structured interviews were performed with 23 children varying in age between 8 and 18 years. The transcripts of the interviews were analysed using MAXQDA software to discover overarching themes. Parents' responses to an eight-item multiple-choice questionnaire were analysed using SPSS software. RESULTS: Five themes extracted from the interviews with the children show: My way of doing the COPM; The COPM shows my own problems and wishes for change; The COPM is important for identifying the support I need; The influence of my parents and my therapist; and The COPM is suitable for me. The children experienced the COPM as a valuable tool for determining and measuring the impact of an intervention. The parents experienced the COPM as suitable for their child and judged that the child's scores were useful for showing the outcome of an intervention. CONCLUSION: Both the children and their parents valued the COPM as an outcome measure for intervention.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7-17
JournalJournal of Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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