What is Occupational Therapy?

Category: Physical Therapy

Most popular types: Outpatient Occupational Therapy Home 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
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Stiffness/Spasticity 47 25
ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder) 46 11
Traumatic Brain Injury 30 16
ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis) 15 5
Improve mobility 10 3
Multiple Sclerosis 10 5

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 2
Mild 8
None 88

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Occupational Therapy

Side effect Patients
Muscle soreness 2
Pain 2
Chest pain 1
Confusion 1
Cramps in back 1
Hostility 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Occupational Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 6
120 min weekly 5
30 min weekly 4
60 min monthly 2
180 min weekly 2
15 min monthly 1
240 min yearly 1
30 min monthly 1
15 min weekly 1
20 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Occupational Therapy

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 92
Other 29
Did not seem to work 15
Expense 13
Doctor's advice 8
Side effects too severe 7
Change in health plan coverage 2
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently going to Occupational Therapy

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 6
1 - 2 years 6
2 - 5 years 8
5 - 10 years 5
10 years or more 3

Stopped going to Occupational Therapy

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 19
1 - 6 months 66
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 13
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 3
10 years or more 3
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 66
Usually 22
Sometimes 8
Never taken as prescribed 4
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 3
Somewhat hard to take 24
A little hard to take 26
Not at all hard to take 47
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 1
$100-199 5
$50-99 1
$25-49 2
< $25 41
Not specified 50
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12 patient evaluations for Occupational Therapy

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LSK
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LSK
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: mild
I am: n
I have:
MS

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Sep 5, 2015 (Started Oct 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Weakness in hands)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Numbness in hands)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Multiple Sclerosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
one_step_closer
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one_step_closer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 1
Mania: 0
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
30 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

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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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new ASD member
Data Quality: 3 stars
21 years
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ATEC
  • Speech: 0
  • Sociability: 9
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 2
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 13
  • ATEC score: 24
I have:
Autism

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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
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