Graduation Date

5-2020

Document Type

Capstone Project

Project Type

Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

Program

Occupational Therapy

Program Chair

Julia Wilbarger, Ph.D., OTR/L

Faculty Advisor

Gina Tucker-Roghi, OTD, OTR/L

Abstract

The ultimate goal of the SNF is to help clients stabilize their medical conditions and attain their therapy goals so that they can return home (Orr, Boxer, Dolansky, Allen, & Forman, 2016). However, approximately 27% of heart failure (HF) clients are readmitted to the hospital after being discharged from the SNF (Allen et al., 2011). High readmission rates may be due to the cognitive (Dickson, Tkacs, and Riegel, 2007), psychosocial (Halliday, 2010), and lifestyle barriers (Maeda, Shen, Schwarz, Farrell, & Mallon, 2013) HF clients face. However, interventions in the SNF tend to emphasize activities of daily living (ADLs) and therapeutic exercise (Rafeedie, Metzler, & Lamb, 2018). This project aims to create and implement a clinical pathway for occupational therapists (OT) within SNFs, in order to address patient barriers and improve the quality of care.

IRB Number

Ensign Facility Services and Ensign Affiliated Skilled Nursing Facilities

Clinical Pathway for Heart Failure Clients in the SNF.pdf (3595 kB)
A PDF of the clinical pathway with focused interventions for HF clients in the SNF.

Available for download on Thursday, December 15, 2022

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