Welcome to the Occupational Narratives Database Project

The occupational narratives project, under the leadership of Dr. Gail Whiteford, is a collaboration between WFOT, occupational therapists, and occupational scientists across the world. Together, the project team representing all 6 WHO world regions are working to develop an open access, inclusive, database of occupational narratives. The aim is to represent people in naturalistic, formal, and institutional settings from all backgrounds, ability levels, ages, socioeconomic and sociocultural backgrounds as they engage in everyday “doings”. Watch our introductory video now to meet Dr. Gail Whiteford.

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