Improvisation as an adaptive strategy for occupational therapy practice

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As health care environments become increasingly complex, practitioners must develop new adaptive skills to master practice. The idea of using theatrical improvisation (improv) in health care is relatively new. Occupational therapy students were taught a module of improvisational techniques as part of an academic seminar, learning improvisation rules, and enacting solutions to typical daily professional challenges. The purpose of this article is to recommend improvisational techniques as an adaptive skill to effectively blend art and science for occupational therapy practice in fast-paced and unpredictable health care environments.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)64-73
Number of pages10
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Improvisation
  • Occupational adaptation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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