Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


Heart failure (HF) is a health problem which providing necessary education to healthcare professionals who serve individuals with HF allows for continuity of care and the promotion of disease management for this population. The intent of this research was to determine if providing an educational in-service to allied healthcare students and practitioners increased their knowledge of OT’s role with HF clients and about HF itself as a condition interfering with occupation. The design of this study involved collecting pre/post survey data to evaluate the knowledge of the participants about the HF population and gathering participant satisfaction data regarding the in-service. A three-hour in-service was developed covering areas of best practice management for clients with HF, OT’s role is working with clients on disease self-management of HF, and the nonmedical needs of clients with HF. A total of 22 healthcare practitioners and 32 allied healthcare students participated in the study. Data was collected and analyzed based on participants’ scores from the 20 question surveys and were compared as a group. Participants pre-survey mean score was 55% compared to post-survey mean score of 77%. Paired t-tests of the data determined that knowledge gained by students and practitioners from participating in the educational in-service was statistically significant (p<0.05). Participants demonstrated increased knowledge about the importance of OT’s role in disease self-management with HF patients and best practice management of HF. The results of the study support providing structured inter/intraprofessional education for increasing understanding of OT’s role with and providing integrated care for complex clients.

Faculty Mentor

Cindy Hayden

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Melba J. Arnold

Department Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

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