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February 25, 1998

Occupational Therapy and Outcomes for Older Adults

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;279(8):582. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-279-8-jbk0225

To the Editor.—Whether preventive community occupational therapy (OT) programs are associated with a reduced incidence of unintentional injuries (eg, falls, hip fractures), or with an otherwise reduced risk of hospitalization or institutionalization remains unclear. Consequently, the demonstration that engaging persons in OT programs translates into a reduction of health-related costs is only presumptive. As the authors seem to recognize in the discussion of their findings, a complete cost-benefit analysis is critical before a wholehearted endorsement of OT programs.

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