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Intervention refers to skilled, evidence-based occupational therapy services that “facilitate engagement in occupation related to health, well-being, and participation” (AOTA, 2014, p. S14). The intervention consists of three parts: (1) intervention plan, (2) intervention implementation, and (3) intervention review.


a) Intervention plan 

Intervention plan refers to a detailed proposal that outlines the anticipated treatment approach, methods, and goals to be employed during occupational therapy services. The intervention plan should also include appropriate discharge recommendations and referrals to other health professionals as needed. 

b) Intervention implementation

Intervention implementation refers to the process of carrying out the intervention plan and monitoring the client’s response. 

c) Intervention review

Intervention review refers to the routine monitoring, modifying, and re-evaluating that occurs to ensure the patient is progressing over time and that therapy is discontinued at the appropriate time.


Search the ICE Video Library for the titles below, or for keywords such as:  treatment, intervention, ADL, exercises, etc.


Ask these questions when watching the related videos.

  1. Occupational therapy goals must be measurable, functional, objective, and realistic. What would be an appropriate goal for one of the clients in the suggested videos?
  2. How do occupational therapists find evidence for their intervention methods?
  3. How do occupational therapists collaborate with the client to write goals?
  4. How do occupational therapists grade their intervention up or down based on the client’s response to treatment?

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Amanda K. Giles, OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor
Division of Occupational Therapy
College of Health Professions
Medical University of South Carolina