Presentation Title

Creating Focused Occupational Therapy Interventions for Patients with Chronic Heart Failure in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Location

Guzman 110, Dominican University of California

Start Date

4-17-2019 2:20 PM

Department

Occupational Therapy

Student Type

Graduate

Faculty Mentor(s)

Gina Tucker-Roghi, Phd, OTR/L

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

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. To create the clinical pathway, needs assessments in the form of interviews and Likert surveys were conducted at Ensign SNFs. The project team has created a clinical pathway addressing the identified gaps in OT practice with evidence-based research. The project team presented the clinical pathway to Ensign OTs in Sonoma County. A survey collected feedback from the OTs on strengths of the pathways, areas to improve, gaps to be addressed, areas of concern, and the likeliness that the pathway could be used effectively in a SNF. In addition, online modules and surveys will be created for Ensign OTs who could not be at the presentation. The project team will incorporate the feedback into the clinical pathway and present the finished product to Ensign Facility Services.

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Apr 17th, 2:20 PM

Creating Focused Occupational Therapy Interventions for Patients with Chronic Heart Failure in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Guzman 110, Dominican University of California

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. To create the clinical pathway, needs assessments in the form of interviews and Likert surveys were conducted at Ensign SNFs. The project team has created a clinical pathway addressing the identified gaps in OT practice with evidence-based research. The project team presented the clinical pathway to Ensign OTs in Sonoma County. A survey collected feedback from the OTs on strengths of the pathways, areas to improve, gaps to be addressed, areas of concern, and the likeliness that the pathway could be used effectively in a SNF. In addition, online modules and surveys will be created for Ensign OTs who could not be at the presentation. The project team will incorporate the feedback into the clinical pathway and present the finished product to Ensign Facility Services.