Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Community-based health care providers use interprofessional collaborative strategies to support the lifestyle wellness needs of older adult clients at risk for chronic disease. A phenomenological approach was taken to explore a sample of community-based health care professionals’ shared meanings of lifestyle wellness programming, interprofessional collaboration, and the Lifestyle Redesign® program and to determine the perceived relationship to occupational therapy, if any. The qualitative descriptive thematic analysis within the Framework of Occupational Justice context revealed positive perceptions of lifestyle wellness programming and interprofessional collaboration but limited awareness of Lifestyle Redesign® and occupational therapy’s distinct role in community-based preventive wellness. Occupational therapy leaders can proactively enhance interprofessional collaboration to bridge these knowledge gaps and mainstream comprehensive occupation-based, client-centered lifestyle wellness interventions for older adults in the community. Future mixed methods surveys, focus groups, or participatory action research are recommended to build upon the findings from this preliminary study.
Christine Privott, PhD, OTR/L, Professor, Faculty Mentor
Leah Simpkins, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM, CDP, PNAP
2023 Christina Buchignani
Buchignani, Christina, "Exploring the Perceived Meaning of Community-Based Lifestyle Wellness Programs, Interprofessional Collaboration, and the Relationship to Occupational Therapy: A Phenomenological Approach" (2023). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 102.
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