Recently, North America has seen an immense change as far as its health sector is concerned. An overwhelming statistical revelation has indicated that Canada, for instance, has witnessed a great many shifts in the health and social needs of its citizens (Rickter, Health Care is North America). Owing to this realization, several aspects have been prompted to be transformed. This particular paper seeks to take a keen overview of occupational therapy—one of the most distinguished fields affected by the current trends in the Canadian healthcare system. Analyzing current trends of health in Canada plays a pivotal role in placing occupational therapists abreast of the new changes. As a result, occupational therapists are in a position to identify opportunities, as well as challenges, which are a threat to their profession, and thus embark on effective means to counter them.
As we speak, occupational therapy in Canada has expanded in order to incorporate home and community care. This is a variance when compared to traditional approaches, when occupational therapists were only found in a hospital setting (Francis, Occupational Therapy Records and History). However, this is not the only reality we encounter in the modern Canadian health sector. It is regarded as just one of the major consequences of the emerging trends in Canadian health care. First and foremost, Canada has made great advances in biology, particularly advancements in genetics, notwithstanding the growing prospect of personalized health care.
This is an emerging trend that has directly affected the profession of occupational therapy. Critics have reported that a senior leader of the Canadian health sector, Grant Seplin, has flagged biology as the most exciting and fast moving science in comparison with other scientific disciplines (Hendren, Scales and Whales). This has seen Canada undertake many scientific developments, such as individualized medicines and new diagnostics.
The intensification of knowledge owing to substantial levels of knowledge in the medical field has played a key role in the realization of new therapies. From this knowledge, several projections are subject to be made and which are likely to depict a true and fair view of Canada’s future health status. A major probability is that the healthcare system is likely to become individualized, whereby people will be in a position to identify and treat what is ailing them (Curtis,Change in Individualized Health Care). This implies that the role of occupational therapy in Canada’s health system is bound to change profoundly with individuals becoming their own health caregivers.
Immigration and diversity are also identified as a major emerging trend facing the Canadian heath sector. The effects of immigration and diversity are not subject to neglect, as they have major consequences on the state of occupational therapy. Sources report that the birth rate in Canada is ranked as one of the world’s slowest (Gerald, Statistical Reporting, Canada. This has an obvious implication, as a large portion of Canada’s population is comprised of immigrants. This has serious implications in the long-term analyses of health care. For one parameter, this will mean that a considerable portion of Canada’s heath care work force will be immigrants.
As a result, meeting supply and demand will be made even more difficult where Canadians, situated in rural areas, may be required to travel to larger centers to receive this crucial service. Elsewhere, a substantial number of immigrants in Canada will call for a large labor force to serve people. This may call for diversification of heathcare centers, and even changes in roles of occupational therapists.
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2. Francis, Brian. Occupational Therapy Records and History. 2004. Plush, California.
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4. Curtis, Melanie. Change in Individualized Health Care. 2010. Spinwheel, Seattle.
5. Grant, Gerald. Statistical Reporting, Canada. 2009. Random House, New York.