• Rationale and Comments

    Occupational therapy practice requires consideration of contextual factors that affect a person’s ability to participate in meaningful occupations. Gait training and ambulation interventions do not necessarily consider the context of performing everyday activities. While occupational therapists can assess underlying performance skills for ambulation and gait and utilize related interventions, they must address functional mobility by considering the context in order to implement effective, evidence-based interventions that are personally meaningful to the individual.

    Sponsoring Organizations

    • American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc.


    • Expert consensus


    • Geriatric Medicine


    • Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: domain and process. Am J Occup Ther. 2002;56(6):609-39. Erratum in: Am J Occup Ther. 2003;57(1):115.
    • Elliott S, Leland NE. Occupational therapy fall prevention interventions for community-dwelling older adults: a systematic review. Am J Occup Ther. 2018;72(4):7204190040p1-7204190040p11.