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
Patients with evaluations
Perceived effectiveness

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 1
Moderate 2
Mild 5
None 57

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
Inabilty to move left shoulder 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently going to Occupational Therapy

Dosage Patients
60 min weekly 4
30 min weekly 3
120 min weekly 3
30 min monthly 2
60 min monthly 2
180 min weekly 2
120 min monthly 1
40 min weekly 1
45 min weekly 1
50 min weekly 1

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Why patients stopped taking Occupational Therapy

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 90
Other 26
Did not seem to work 13
Expense 11
Doctor's advice 8
Side effects too severe 7
Change in health plan coverage 2
Personal research 1
See all 129 patients who’ve stopped going to Occupational Therapy

Duration

Currently going to Occupational Therapy

Duration Patients
1-3 months 3
3-6 months 1
6 months-1 year 5
1-2 years 4
2 years or more 13

Stopped going to Occupational Therapy

Duration Patients
0-1 month 18
1-3 months 42
3-6 months 24
6 months-1 year 19
1-2 years 11
2 years or more 15

Adherence


Always
Patients
38
58%
Usually
Patients
17
26%
Sometimes
Patients
6
9%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
4
6%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
2
3%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
17
26%
A little hard to take
Patients
20
31%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
26
40%

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
28
43%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
31
48%
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11 patient evaluations for Occupational Therapy

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one_step_closer
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one_step_closer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Low
29 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
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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new ASD member
Data Quality: 3 stars
20 years
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ATEC
  • Speech: 0
  • Sociability: 12
  • Sensory/Cognitive Awareness: 3
  • Health/Physical Behavior: 16
  • ATEC score: 31
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: moderate
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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