Making functional cognition a professional priority Academic Article uri icon


  • Functional cognition is a critical domain of concern for occupational therapy practice. As the health care system moves to assessing value through achievement of quality outcomes, the field of occupational therapy must address the inclusion of functional cognition in evaluation and treatment. Evidence indicates that impaired cognition contributes to risk of hospital readmission and poor overall health outcomes across diagnostic groups. Moreover, expenditure on occupational therapy services that address functional cognition has been shown to lower hospital readmission rates. To improve client outcomes, occupational therapists must consistently screen for and, when appropriate, evaluate and treat functional cognition impairments and consider functional cognition in the discharge planning process. Occupational therapy professionals must make a proactive, coordinated effort to establish the profession's role in evaluating and treating clients' limitations in functional cognition as a means to achieving improved quality care and client outcomes.


  • Giles, GM
  • Edwards, DF
  • Baum, Carolyn
  • Furniss, J
  • Skidmore, E
  • Wolf, T
  • Leland, NE

publication date

  • 2020