What is Occupational Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most Popular Types: Home occupational therapy, Outpatient Occupational Therapy

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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


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects of Occupational Therapy

Severe
2
Moderate
2
Mild
3
None
53

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Occupational Therapy

Hospitalization
Patients
8
Patients
2
Patients
1
Patients
1
Patients
1

Show all 14 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently going to Occupational Therapy)
Dosage
60 min weekly
Patients
24
Dosage
120 min weekly
Patients
14
Dosage
30 min weekly
Patients
12
Dosage
90 min weekly
Patients
10
Dosage
60 min monthly
Patients
7
Dosage
45 min weekly
Patients
7
Dosage
180 min weekly
Patients
6
Dosage
3 hr weekly
Patients
5
Dosage
1 hr daily
Patients
5
Dosage
weekly
Patients
4

Dosages based on patients currently going to Occupational Therapy.

Why Patients Stopped Going to Occupational Therapy (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
85
Reason
Other
Patients
27
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
13
Reason
Expense
Patients
9
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
7
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
7
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
2
Reason
Not indicated
Patients
2
Reason
Personal research
Patients
1
See all 129 patients who’ve stopped going to Occupational Therapy

Duration

Currently Going to Occupational Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
1
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
4
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
2
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
4
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
14
Stopped Going to Occupational Therapy
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
14
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
45
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
19
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
17
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
12
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
9

Adherence


Always
Patients
34
57%
Usually
Patients
15
25%
Sometimes
Patients
9
15%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
2
3%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
4
7%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
15
25%
A little hard to take
Patients
18
30%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
23
38%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
1
2%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
3
5%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
1
2%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
1
2%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
26
43%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
28
47%
Last updated:

11 patient evaluations for Occupational Therapy

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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Low
29 F
Function: High
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See one_step_closer's full Occupational Therapy history

Jun 1, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Treat my mood condition(s))
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: 120 min Monthly
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
Haruka
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Data Quality: 3 stars
20 years
n
ATEC
  • Speech: 0
  • Sociability: 11
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 3
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 15
  • ATEC score: 29
I have:
Autism

See Haruka's full Occupational Therapy history

Jun 15, 2014 (Started Feb 14, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder))
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
TysabriSept08
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TysabriSept08
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: none
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: none
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: n
I have:
MS

See TysabriSept08's full Occupational Therapy history

Feb 27, 2013 (Started Jan 14, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for restore some lost function - arms, legs and core)
  • Side Effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 60 min Weekly
Advice & Tips: PT and OT can help, if only slightly. They do take time and energy. At times, other obligations suffer.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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