Ashley Griffin, Class of 2013
Determining the Feasibility of Providing Occupation-Based Services to Prenatal Women on Bed Rest
The purpose of this residency project was to support or refute the hypothesis that occupational therapy services are beneficial to prenatal women on bed rest and that the provision of such services is feasible to the client and the existing health care system. In order to determine the feasibility of offering occupational therapy services to pregnant women on bed rest, a program was developed to provide a holistic approach to improve their psychological and physical health through participation in valuable occupations. The program was founded on the belief that a safe exercise program which incorporates relaxation and breathing with the performance of daily occupations could help reduce the anxiety of a woman on bed rest while improving her physical health and quality of life. A treatment protocol for the provision of occupation-based services to this population and a business plan which outlines the logistics of implementing such a program were developed. The results of this residency project provide support for the feasibility and benefits of offering occupation-based services to antepartum women on bed rest.
Ashley Griffin, Resident