Return-to-Activity: Exploration of Occupational Therapy in Outpatient Adult Concussion Rehabilitation

Mary Ann B. Roelke, Vanessa D. Jewell, Mary Vining Radomski

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Literature is sparse related to how occupational therapy advances symptom management and role-activity resumption after concussion. We aim to describe the occupational therapy process of evaluation and intervention for adults with a history of concussion(s) and persisting symptoms. The qualitative descriptive study used focus groups of expert occupational therapy practitioners across practice settings. Content analysis with a deductive strategy, open coding, and an unconstrained matrix was used to determine the process portion of a logic model outlining how expert practitioners framed their approach to rehabilitation. Thirteen expert occupational therapy practitioners informed the development of a logic model describing the occupational therapy process linking resources to activities of evaluation and intervention enabling people to return to their everyday life roles at their highest capacity. This study yields a description of how occupational therapy practitioners, across practice settings, aid individuals in returning to everyday activities and life roles after concussion(s).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)333-343
Number of pages11
JournalOTJR Occupation, Participation and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Occupational Therapy


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