Role of Outpatient Occupational Therapy in AYA Population


Role of Outpatient Occupational Therapy in AYA Population, Increasing Quality of Life Throughout the Cancer Care Continuum.

Course Description

This course is meant to provide an overview of the role of occupational therapy in the adolescent and young adult oncology population. This was created during an occupational therapy doctoral capstone experience to address the lack of service for adolescents and young adults with cancer. Research acknowledges the need for occupational therapy and its role, however, there is very little to no research that highlights occupational therapy interventions to address these patient concerns. These resources were designed to be utilized by outpatient occupational therapists at MD Anderson. This program aims to begin to bridge the gap in the literature and increase patient participation in everyday activities to increase their independence and quality of life.

This course provides an overview of the research done to complete a needs assessment and literature review to justify the need and relevance of this program. Throughout the course, you will also learn about the objectives, learning activities, and artifacts set and created for the capstone experience and program development. All documents created for the capstone will be located in the objectives folder. These documents are located on MD Anderson’s network to be used and shared among occupational therapists, various disciplines, and patients to ensure comprehensive care to patients and their families.

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