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Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Ranelle Nissen


pelvic floor dysfunctions, pelvic floor rehabilitation, occupational therapy

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


The purpose of this capstone experience was to explore occupational therapy’s role in pelvic floor rehabilitation (PFR). Pelvic floor dysfunctions affect between 25-66% of women and 25% of men worldwide (Kendirci et al., 2013; Kepenekci et al., 2011; Nygaard et al., 2008). Capstone experience objectives incorporated themes of advanced clinical practice, education, and advocacy. During the 14 week capstone experience, the capstone student completed continuing education courses to further her knowledge in PFR and treated clients with various pelvic floor dysfunctions, developed materials and presentations to educate various populations on PFR, and advocated for PFR to different healthcare disciplines. Through the completion of the capstone experience, the student obtained knowledge in the specialty area of pelvic floor rehabilitation beyond that of an entry-level occupational therapist. Occupational therapy is a healthcare profession that should be included in the plan of care for individuals with pelvic floor dysfunctions because of the diverse skillset and adn holistic, client-centered approach. More research needs to be conducted in how occupational therapy can be beneficial for clients with pelvic floor dysfunctions. Also, occupational therapists need to be educated on the role they serve in the plan of care for individuals with pelvic floor dysfunctions, and occupational therapists need to advocate for their role in the treatment of individuals with pelvic floor dysfunctions.