Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Janet Jedlicka


Health Promotion; Occupational Therapy -- methods; Patient Education as Topic; Stroke -- prevention & control


Many individuals in the United States experience a recurrent stroke and evidence suggests that strokes, primary and secondary, could be prevented through lifestyle modifications. The objective of the scholarly project was to develop an occupational therapy (OT) led secondary stroke prevention program to address modifiable risk factors for stroke. A literature review was conducted to identify research to support development of this program. Based on the review of literature and through the use of the Model of Human Occupation, The Secondary Stroke Prevention and Support: An Occupational Therapy Program was designed to address competence in the occupational role of managing health, through developing habits and routines to support a healthy lifestyle.

The Secondary Stroke Prevention and Support: An Occupational Therapy Program includes a facilitator’s guide, participant handouts, and activity descriptions for each of the eight group sessions. The purpose for the Program is to reduce stroke recurrence and increase quality of life through increasing engagement in occupations including health management and maintenance. The Program is designed to be a community-based program targeting individuals who have had a stroke and who are at-risk for having another stroke. The Program provides support and education for individuals following a stroke as well as their support systems.