Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Background: As the population is aging, occupational therapy practitioners (OTPs) are well placed to address the community and social needs of older adults to promote healthy aging. However, OTPs seem to be lacking the resources and guidance to implement community and social interventions routinely.
Purpose: This quantitative non-experimental, pre-, and post-survey design aims to determine the impact of a guided education intervention on how OTPs perceive their skills and confidence when providing community and social interventions.
Theoretical Framework: The Model of Health Promotion (Wilcocks, 2006) and Lifestyle Redesign® (Clark et al., 1997) program were used as the guiding theory and program to support the educational intervention and capstone project.
Methods: Prior to the educational intervention, participants completed a presurvey to determine their perceived skills and confidence when providing community and social interventions. Then, OTPs participated in a two-part educational intervention about community and social interventions. Following the completion of the educational intervention, participants completed a post-survey to determine any change in perceived skills and confidence when providing community and social interventions.
Results: After participating in this educational intervention, OTPs demonstrated an increase in their perceived confidence and skills when providing community and social interventions. 90% of the participants reported that they were “likely” or “significantly more likely” to provide community and social interventions after the educational intervention.
Conclusions: This capstone provided a guided educational experience to OTPs who work with older adults in non-acute settings with the goal of improving their perceived confidence and skills to provide community and social interventions. Analysis of the quantitative data indicates that OTPs reported an increase in their perceived confidence and or skills when providing community and social interventions. This is both clinically and educationally relevant to the field of occupational therapy; however, additional research would be beneficial to determine if these results could be generalized to a larger sample size and if the participants implemented what they learned during this educational intervention.
Geela Spira, PhD, OTR/L
Christine Privott, PhD, OTR/L
2923 Jenny L Williams
Williams, Jenny, "Occupational Therapy Practitioners’ Perceptions of Their Confidence and Skills When Providing Community and Social Interventions After a Guided Educational Experience" (2023). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 105.