Year of Publication

2011

Date of Thesis

08-2011

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science

Department

Occupational Therapy

Abstract

To date, there are no studies that show efficacy of occupational therapy intervention for people with chronic pain. The purpose ofthe study was to examine the efficacy of occupational therapy intervention, within a multidisciplinary and integrative team, for people suffering from chronic pain. The study involved four females and two male participants, who received a combination of occupational therapy, chiropractic, and structural integration services over a four to six week period. Their functional outcomes were measured before and after the intervention period utilizing the Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM) and the Chronic Pain Coping Inventory (CPCI). The results showed that four out of the six participants had clinically important changes in their occupational satisfaction and performance, and all of the participants had a positive change. The categories from the CPCI that were found to be significant with an [alpha] = .05 were guarding at .05, and exercise at .02. The results of this study indicate that occupational therapy can be effective for improving overall function and positive coping strategies in people who have chronic pain. It has been shown that occupational therapists are able to compliment and work with conventional and alternative practitioners on a multidisciplinary team. It is recommended that more research be done in the future in this area.

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