Innovative Practice Projects

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Innovative Practice Project

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Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center


This innovative practice project explores the needs of a local community-based healthcare nonprofit and the possibility of incorporating occupational therapy within current practice with regard to clients experiencing chronic pain. Methods included learning about the organization, interviews and observations at other local organizations that treat chronic pain, instrumental implementation of stretch breaks during pain courses, and completion of a pilot home assessment. Outcomes thus far have improved setup of pain courses and incorporated facilitated movement for clients with chronic pain who are wary to increase their level of activity. A formal assessment of home setup and activity analysis was completed for a client, which led to recommendations and educational opportunity to improve self-management of pain. Future ideas include development of occupational therapy services in addition to future projects for occupational therapy students.