The fundamental message of this Do-Live-Well framework is “what you do everyday matters”, and they are essential to one’s health and wellbeing. In this framework, there are four main sections, and each represents a building block to “Do-Live-Well". The four sections are (1) dimensions of experience, (2) activity patterns, (3) health and wellbeing outcomes, and (4) forces influencing activity engagement. The first section organizes eight dimensions of experience such as activating your body, mind, and senses, connecting with others, contributing to community and society, taking care of yourself, building security/prosperity, developing and expressing identity, developing capabilities and potential, and experiencing pleasure and joy. In everyday diverse but distinct participation in a person’s occupations, each occupation may have more than one dimension of experience and its extension may change along the life course. The second section, activity patterns, includes five key concepts (engagement, meaning, balance, control/choice and routine) that are related to characteristics that shape optimal health and well-being. Each concept is a continuum of activity pattern, and optimal patterns are in the middle range, which lead to health benefits, and either end leads to potential health risks. The third section, health and well-being outcomes, is a range of physical, mental health, social, emotional and spiritual well-being. It is influenced by the dimensions of experience and activity patterns. The forth section, forces that affect activity engagement, focuses on contextual forces. For example, demographic characteristics of individuals to social forces in physical, institutional, or socio-cultural environments, which affect daily participation. The framework can be served as a guide to develop tools that facilitate one’s reflection patterns of time use in occupation. It can also be used to identify missed or disrupted dimensions of experience that interrupt with well-being. It is an advocacy tool to increase access opportunity to activities in the communities. It aims to empower people in reflecting their patterns of activity engagement, in order to promote health and well-being.
- Macey Cho
Domain of occupation
This framework provides the building blocks of a person’s well-being and support therapists to facilitate the client’s patterns of time use in occupations.
Moll, S. E., Gewurtz, R. E., Krupa, T. M., Law, M. C., Lariviere, N., & Levasseur, M. (2015). "Do-Live-Well": A Canadian framework for promoting occupation, health, and well-being. Canadian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 82, 9-23.
- Sandra Moll
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