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Written in a casual, narrative style, this edition has been updated with five new chapters, new case studies, new clinical stories, and discussion questions focusing on ethical, legal, and interpersonal issues. The text introduces students to the field of occupational therapy and to career opportunities in the field. Using clinical examples and case studies, this edition provides a realistic look at the complementary roles of the registered occupational therapist (OTR) and the certified occupational therapy assistant (COTA). "Occupational Therapy: Principles and Practice" illustrates the OT process within various practice settings, including the acute care hospital, public school, and home health practice. Other topics include current and prospective issues in the field, the U.S. health care system, influences/implications of managed care on the profession, and the international OT market. All charts/tables reflect current statistics. This edition differs significantly from the earlier edition by the addition of a second author, Professor Suzanne Peloquin, PhD, a recognized authority in her field. Dr. Peloquin recounts stories from occupational therapy history and offers unique insights into current practice.