What is Outpatient Occupational Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy


Generic name: Occupational Therapy

Occupational Therapy (OT) is a healthcare discipline which involves assessment of challenges to daily living and helping the patient overcome these through the use of assistive devices and home modifications. OT can be part of rehabilitation following injury or serious illness, such as a stroke.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/spasticity 6 4
Fibromyalgia 4 3
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis 3 2
Autism spectrum disorder 3 1
Ataxia (lack of coordination) 2 1

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 4
None 16

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Side effect Patients
Muscle soreness 2
Pain in forearm 1
Pain in hands 1
Pain in wrist 1


Based on patients currently going to Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Dosage Patients
30 min monthly 1
30 min weekly 1
120 min weekly 1
monthly 1
weekly 1

Why patients stopped taking Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 19
Other 3
Expense 2
Doctor's advice 1
See all 20 patients who've stopped going to Outpatient Occupational Therapy


Currently going to Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped going to Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 11
6 months - 1 year 4
2 - 5 years 2
Adherence Evaluations
Always 9
Usually 6
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 5
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 10
Not specified 10
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1 patient evaluation for Outpatient Occupational Therapy

Feb 28, 2008 (Started Sep 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for intention tremor)
  • Side effects
  • Adherence
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 150 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: Before the loss of dexterity and the presentation of intention tremors in my hands brought on by MS, handwritten journaling was important to me. Loss of handwriting ability has been a substantial loss for me. I have recently become aware that my occupational therapists were woefully uneducated in the practice of handwriting. The several therapists I had offered handwriting therapy advice only in the form of practice writing (using the same techniques I had always used). They didn't know enough to recognize that my technique was exceptionally flawed. Only recently, through my own internet research, have I become aware of good handwriting techniques. I can now handwrite again without substantial pain and instant fatigue. My writing is still awkward, slow, and 'sloppy,' but it is actually more legible than before MS effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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