Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM)

Law M; Carswell A; Baptiste S; McColl MA; Polatajko H; Pollock N


Basic description

Published in 1990; Since that time, there have been five editions of the COPM measure and manual. The measure has been translated into over 35 languages and is used in over 40 countries.

The page presents descriptive information regarding the 5th version of the instrument.


Law M; Carswell A; Baptiste S; McColl MA; Polatajko H; Pollock N

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To assess occupational performance problems (self-care, productivity & leisure) using the client's own words.
Therapeutic area
  • Generic
Therapeutic indication


The COPM considers the importance to the client/patient, of the occupational performance areas as well as the patient's satisfaction and the present performance
Type of Clinical Outcome Assessment (COA)
  • pro PRO
semi-structured interview with client. Specific protocol for patients with verbal disabilities
Original language(s)
  • English for Canada
  • French for Canada
30 translation(s)
Bibliographic reference(s) of the original questionnaire

Law M, Baptiste S, McColl M, Opzoomer (Carswell) A, Polatajko H, Pollock N. The Canadian occupational performance measure: an outcome measure for occupational therapy. Can J Occup Ther. 1990 Apr;57(2):82-7 (Full Text Article)

Law M., Baptiste, S., Carswell, A., McColl, MA., Polatajko, H. & Pollock, N. Canadian Occupational Performance Measure Manual, 5th Edition. Canada. CAOT Publications ACE. 2014. 56 p. (CAOT | ACE - Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists)

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