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Occupational Therapy in Preventative Care: Promoting Cardiovascular Health in Underserved Women

By David OTS Goldstein, Rachel OTS Marlow, Katherine OTS Nelson, Megan OTS Smith and Phoi OTS Truong


Primary Focus: ☝ Health \u26 Wellness Level of session: intermediate, mixed audience Learning Objectives: By the conclusion of this presentation, participants will: Describe how health disparities affect underserved women Identify evidence supporting the inclusion of occupational therapy in preventative care practice Discuss occupational therapy’s role in preventative care as it relates to cardiovascular health and wellness Abstract: Heart disease causes one in three deaths each year in women (AHA, 2012). Increasing healthcare costs disproportionately affect women with low incomes and those from diverse backgrounds (CHUW, 2012). For underserved women, lack of insurance, education and variations in culture may compromise access to care (CHUW, 2012). Traditionally underserved communities are impacted to a higher degree by the burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) than other members of the population (AHA, 2012). Research demonstrated Hispanic women as least likely to have access to medical care, while about half of African-American women are unaware of signs and symptoms of a heart attack (AHA, 2012). Comparably, 90% of women are reported as having heart disease risk factors despite the fact that 80% of heart disease may be prevented by lifestyle changes and education (AHA, 2012). Thus, preventive care and health promotion services are critical to underserved women’s health (CHUW, 2012). The availability of these services will increase the effectiveness of service delivery for this population (CHUW, 2012). With the impact of CVD among underserved women, there is an opportunity for occupational therapy (OT) services within this population. Health promotion and disease prevention approaches are identified in the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework and OT practitioners are equipped to address cardiovascular (CV) health and wellness. (AOTA, 2014). The purpose of this session is to present a systematic review answering the following clinical question: What is the effectiveness of OT interventions (I) to promote CV health (O) in underserved women (P)? An exhaustive search using CINAHL, Scopus and PubMed retrieved 686 quantitative studies published in English between 2011-2016. Articles were screened using the inclusion criteria: studies with community-dwelling adult women from underserved populations and studies promoting CV health through interventions with methods relating to physical activity, nutrition and weight management. The 16 eligible articles were appraised using a critical review form for quantitative studies (Law \u26 MacDermid, 2014). Synthesis revealed four intervention themes: education, physical activity, nutrition, and coaching. The implications of these results demonstrate that culturally-tailored OT interventions with a focus on lifestyle behavior change in a group format can promote CV health in underserved women. References: American Heart Association [AHA]. (2012). Heart disease statistics at a glance. Retrieved July, 2016, from American Occupational Therapy Association [AOTA]. (2014). Occupational therapy practice framework: Domain \u26 process (3rd ed.). American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 68, S1-S48. Committee on Health for Underserved Women [CHUW]. (2012). Committee opinion no. 516: Health care systems for underserved women. Obstetrics \u26 Gynecology, 119(1), 206-209. doi:10.1097/01.aog.0000410163.28525.4e Law, M. \u26 MacDermid, J.C. (Eds.). (2014). Appendix D: Quantitative review: form and guidelines. In Evidence-based rehabilitation: A guide to practice (3rd ed.). Thorofare, NJ: SLACK. Presentation: 43:0

Topics: Occupational Therapy in Preventative Care: Promoting Cardiovascular Health in Underserved Women, Department of Occupational Therapy, Thomas Jefferson University, Occupational Therapy
Publisher: Jefferson Digital Commons
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.5014/ajot.2014.682006.
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