Graduation Year


Document Type


Degree Type

Open Access Capstone

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy


Background: Successful health-management habits of individuals with tetraplegia have correlated with better quality of life and occupational engagement. Objectives: Little is known about the experience of time-use during these practices and the influence these routines have on participation in other meaningful occupations. This study aimed to explore the stories an individual with tetraplegia has about time-use in health management practices, influences on time-use, and feelings about quality of life and life satisfaction. Methodology: Narrative inquiry was used to explore the stories of time-use of one individual living with tetraplegia. Findings: Eleven interpretive stories were thematically represented illustrating the complexity of occupation, how personal meaning was attached to time-intensive basic ADL and health management practices, and perspectives on time-use influences outside these routines. Conclusion: Exploring narratives of individuals with tetraplegia can help to better understand personal meaning attached to occupation and the occupation-context interactions that influence occupational performance, experience, and engagement.

Faculty Mentor

Dana Howell, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, FAOTA

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Committee Member

Donna, Colaianni, PhD, OTR/L, CHT

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

Department Affiliation

Occupational Therapy

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