Date of Award


Document Type

Critically Appraised Topic


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Anne Haskins

Second Advisor

Breann Lamborn

Third Advisor

Gail Bass/Devon Olson Lambert


Type 2 diabetes mellitus, commonly called type 2 diabetes, is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States (American Diabetes Association, 2020). The prevalence of diabetes is 17% higher in rural areas as compared to urban areas (“Why Diabetes is a Concern,” 2020). Hospitalizations and deaths from type 2 diabetes complications are higher in rural areas than in urban areas (Ferdinand, Akinlotan, Callaghan, Towne, & Bolin, 2018).