Graduation Date

5-2017

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Department or Program

Occupational Therapy

Department or Program Chair

Ruth Ramsey, Ed.D., OTR/L

First Reader

Kitsum Li, OTD, OTR/L CSRS

Abstract

There are a limited number of validated occupation-based cognitive assessments that are feasible in clinical settings. For individuals with acquired brain injury (ABI), ecologically valid cognitive assessments are needed to understand how cognition influences functional performance. This study implemented a quantitative exploratory correlational design using a battery of gold standard tabletop cognitive assessments as criterion measurements against the Medication Box Task assessment, an occupation-based cognitive assessment. Eight participants completed the test battery. The student researchers used Pearson correlations to analyze each participant’s scores on the Medication Box Task assessment and the scores on the battery of gold standard assessments. Results indicated that no significant correlations existed between total scores of the battery of tabletop cognitive assessments and the Medication Box Task assessment. However significant correlations were found between scores of the total Type II errors made on the Tower of London and the total number of missing pills, extra pills, and total correct scores on the Medication Box Task assessment. Further findings indicated that seven out of eight participants made mistakes on the Medication Box Task assessment; six out of eight claimed that they managed their own medications.

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