Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Sclinda Janssen


Aged; Attitude of Health Personnel; Chronic Disease -- prevention & control; Health Promotion


Purpose: Explore the essence of occupational therapy (OT) practitioners’ perceptions of their experiences with health and wellness programming; to further understand the lack of this type of programming by finding out what their needs are in order to provide it.

Methods: A qualitative, phenomenological study was used to gather data to answer the research questions. Following IRB approval, convenience/snowball sampling was used to access participants and gather data. Five registered occupational therapists participated in this study.

Results: OT practitioners have positive views for health and wellness promotion; however, in order to be successful to OT practitioner must have an internal drive to provide such programming

Conclusion: There are many benefits for promoting health and wellness at the community level; however, OT practitioners find there are more barriers than supports, and there must be an internal drive from the OT practitioner in order to be successful.