Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Background: The Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) provides medical and social services to older adults who meet nursing home level of care but wish to remain in their own homes. Although PACE has been in existence for decades, this program is new to the state of Kentucky.
Purpose: The problem this Capstone project will address is the need for further research related to occupational therapy’s roles and experiences in PACE programs. This capstone will explore the perceptions of occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants working in established PACE programs.
Methods: This study followed a Qualitative Descriptive Approach. Five semi-structured interviews were completed with occupational therapy practitioners working in established PACE programs throughout the United States. Interviews were transcribed verbatim Results. Data was sorted into 28 categories using line by line open coding. Categories were combined and further collapsed into 8 final categories with 4 themes emerging during analysis. Four themes were discovered from the interviews:
• The truest definition of occupational therapy
• The interdisciplinary team model makes PACE unique.
• Pros outweigh the cons.
• Autonomy and flexibility lead to job satisfaction.
Conclusions: Overall, occupational therapists’ experiences and perceptions of PACE tend to be positive. More research is indicated to further explore OT and PACE participant perceptions, as well as OT outcomes in PACE versus other settings
Dr. Julie Duckart
Dr. Dana Howell
2023 Jessica L. Daugherty-Peters
Daugherty-Peters, Jessica L., "Perceptions of Occupational Therapists Working in Established PACE Programs" (2023). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 116.
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