Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


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.

Faculty Mentor

Christine Privott, PhD, OTR/L, Professor, Faculty Mentor

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Leah Simpkins, OTD, OTR/L, CPAM, CDP, PNAP

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

IRB Approval Number (if applicable)