Assistive Devices Prescription in Occupational Therapy

Prescribe the appropriate therapeutic aids, devices, and equipment as required by clients



Competency Area

Patient Care


Prescribe assistive devices for routine cases independently

Identify problem areas in occupational performance and the need for assistive devices

Identify client capacity and ability to perform activities with assistive devices

Assess the prospective users’ functioning and consider their personal variables such as age, goals, personality, co- morbid conditions and environment

Explain the selected appropriate assistive equipment in collaboration with clients and/or caregivers

Arrange trials to determine if the assistive devices are suitable for clients in terms of performance and safety

Train the clients in the function, safe use and maintenance of assistive devices

Review goals with clients following prescription of assistive devices

Consult with other specialists, where appropriate, about specific issues related to clients’ needs

Stay updated with new assistive technology

Determine clients and/or caregivers’ acceptance

Prescribe assistive devices for routine and complex cases independently.

Appraise new assistive devices available in the market

Assist in trials to determine if the assistive devices new in the market are suitable for client groups in terms of performance and safety

Audit the processes and effectiveness of the assistive device prescriptions performed by staff

Guide junior staff in the assessment, evaluation, prescription and training of assistive devices and compliance to the use of assistive equipment

Account for possible client changes which may affect the efficacy of the prescriptions

Analyse possible factors which may result in non- use of assistive devices

Identify the need for fund applications, and trigger the necessary referral processes, if applicable

Integrate the use of new and/or leading assistive devices during client interventions

Lead evaluation of assistive devices on reliability, validity, interpretability, acceptability, feasibility and utility

Lead the use of new assistive devices as part of therapy interventions

Lead trials of new assistive devices before deployment into the clinical setting

Develop clinical standards regarding the prescription of assistive devices

Co-develop assistive devices with counterparts from other disciplinary fields such as engineering and designers

Develop assistive devices evaluation frameworks