Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
Adults with chronic pain living in rural communities experience occupational deprivation due to a lack of access to healthcare resources. While chronic pain is multifaceted and treated by multiple professions, occupational therapy (OT) can have a significant role in treating adults experiencing chronic pain with occupation-based interventions to improve their daily complications (Lagueux et al., 2018). The role of OT with chronic pain management is reflected in the evidence-based program entitled Lifestyle Redesign®, which offers effective strategies to improve quality of life, selfefficacy, and daily functioning for those who experience chronic pain (Uyeshiro Simon & Collins, 2017). However, there are limited resources by which to implement similar programs with people in rural communities who have chronic pain.
Lehman, Emma Elizabeth, "AN OCCUPATION-BASED APPROACH TO CHRONIC PAIN IN RURAL ALASKA" (2023). Occupational Therapy Capstones. 570.