Date of Award


Document Type

Scholarly Project

Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Jan Stube


Burns -- rehabilitation; Occupational Therapy -- methods


People are occupational beings. Occupations build the structure of a client’s day. Thus, occupations give life it’s meaning (Hocking, 2001). Occupational therapists have a holistic viewpoint of clients that focuses on improving their quality of life through meaningful occupations. There is a lack of literature supporting the use of occupationbased intervention with adults with burn injuries. Throughout the literature preparatory and purposeful interventions are prominent for burn rehabilitation. (Holavanahalli et al. 2011, Fung et al., 2010, Parry et al., 2012). According to Richard et al. (2008), current techniques to treat burn injuries have remained unchanged for centuries. They suggest that there needs to be a new approach to the treatment of burn injuries. Many occupational therapists find it difficult to provide occupation-based interventions when they need to meet the medical system needs as well (Rogers, 2007). For these many reasons, the authors have created an occupation-based protocol for the treatment of adults with burn injury.

This protocol has been developed to guide occupational therapists through the burn rehabilitation process using occupation-based treatment. When using this protocol the occupational therapist should focus their treatment on the client population of adults with burn injuries. The layout of this protocol is based in accordance with the rehabilitative phase of treatment, specifically with inpatient rehabilitation. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework (American Occupational therapy Association, 2008) is utilized to guide the process of service delivery. Occupational therapists are directed through the initial evaluation, intervention plan development, intervention implementation, and re-evaluation/outcomes. Based on the Occupational Adaptation Model (Schkade & Schultz, 1992; Schultz & Schkade, 1992; Schkade & McClung, 2001), this protocol will provide occupational therapists with inspiring ways to create a client-centered atmosphere and a refreshing alternative to the traditional burn rehabilitation process.