Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
occupational therapy, chronic condition, health, wellness, health behavior, health promotion, prevention
Background: Despite the national $3.8 billion spent annually on chronic condition management, they are still the leading cause of death and disability in the United States. Chronic conditions have a variety of global implications. The development of chronic conditions can be managed through education and lifestyle behavior modifications, which lies within the scope of occupational therapy. Method: Simultaneous experiences at Logan Health and Logan Health Medical Fitness Center informed the development and implementation of a health promotion and prevention program, Welcoming Wellness. Results: Treating clients in acute care improved my understanding of chronic condition presentation and population needs, and connecting with wellness coaches and clients facilitated my knowledge of wellness practices. These experiences facilitated the development and implementation of Welcoming Wellness, which was offered as a pilot to the fitness center and community members. Welcoming Wellness participants reported increased knowledge to inform future health behaviors and enhance health promotion and prevention efforts. Discussion: By facilitating health literacy and addressing individual contexts, a group intervention led by an occupational therapist is a positive addition to wellness programming aimed to promote health and prevention of chronic condition onset or worsening. Conclusion: Occupational therapists are key stakeholders in health promotion and prevention efforts, and further advocacy is necessary to promote their role in these practice areas.
Duncan, Karlee G., "Welcoming Wellness: A Health Promotion and Chronic Condition Prevention Program Rooted in the Foundations of Occupational Therapy" (2023). Occupational Therapy Capstone Presentations. 104.