QMU Occupational Therapy - Case Study Guidelines

Case Study Guidelines


This is a brief guide to the content of a case study.  The individual selected for case study may be considered in terms of an Occupational Therapy Model/ Approach to practice and also the wider environments and networks that play a role in a person’s life. 

This guide is created with an individual in mind but may also be used for a group, community or population that you have worked with. RCOT have an interesting case study template: Royal Collage of Occupational Therapy which they used for one of their influencing campaigns.  You may find it useful if you are presenting work you have done with a group, community or population rather than an individual service user.

Mandatory for all case studies

Anonymity and confidentiality of the service user(s), service provider and all staff involved must be maintained through out the case study.  You are advised to use pseudonyms, delete the name of service and any geographical locations.

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Consider how your case study will demonstrate or include the points below:

  • Identify a main focus (why are you writing this, what do you want to learn from this?)
  • Wider context - How does this impact on the OT process?
  • Service user involvement – How did you facilitate them to work in partnership with you? What was important to them?
  • Critical engagement - Rationales for choices/ decisions made throughout the OT process must be detailed, and include a balanced critique (i.e. pro’s and con’s)
  • Evidence - Support your work with literature and other resources available to you i.e. reading, useful placement resources, theory, policy and other documents
  • How will you present your case study to your team? Consider different media (PowerPoint, video diary, photo’s, end products).
  • Consider facilitating the person to present their case with you.