Statement regarding the WFOT Minimum Standards for the Education of Occupational Therapists (revised 2016) related to COVID-19 pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound impact on the lives, health and wellbeing of individuals, families and communities worldwide1. Populations are needing to understand, adjust and compensate their daily routines in order to participate in their usual occupations or discover new ones. As a result, the delivery of occupational therapy practice, education and research are needing to adapt to accommodate the required changes to enable engagement, safety and wellbeing.
The COVID-19 pandemic has generated circumstances where the opportunity for direct contact with people has been restricted. Occupational therapy resources have been prioritised and deployed in accordance with local/national needs and service requirements. Education providers are delivering academic content through online learning, researchers adapting methodologies, recruitment and interventions to continue their investigations.