Date of Award


Document Type

Oral Presentation/Poster

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Health Science

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Mackenzie Feldhacker


sleep performance, occupational therapy (OT), Parkinson’s disease (PD), sleep hygiene

Subject Categories

Occupational Therapy


Those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are more likely to experience sleep performance issues which significantly contribute to poorer health outcomes and earlier institutionalization (Bollu, 2017). Though the field of occupational therapy acknowledges the importance of sleep for overall health and wellbeing, the profession’s role in improving sleep outcomes is largely unexplored. The purpose of this 14-week capstone project was to promote better sleep hygiene practices for individuals with Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, this project sought to advocate for the profession of occupational therapy’s distinct role in sleep management. A variety of goals and objectives were achieved through completion of this project, such as development of advanced practice skills, education, and program development. Based on the findings of this project, the profession of occupational therapy may positively address the occupation of sleep for this population through behavioral and environmental interventions, leading to improved health, well-being, and overall quality of life.



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