Cancer Rehabilitation Across the Lifespan, 2nd edition
About the Course
Occupational therapy practitioners encompass a wealth of knowledge and skill to decrease the burden of cancer on oncology clients.. It is this aim, as well as that of the American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) Vision 2025, that guides the content of this course in linking evidence, well-being, and quality of life during and following cancer treatment for diverse communities. The purpose of this course is to promote competence and confidence in the utilization of evidence-based occupational therapy services to this emerging and underserved population. Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 4th edition (AOTA, 2020) as a mechanism to negotiate through the occupational therapy process, an introductory overview of common cancer diagnoses, treatment, and rehabilitation implications throughout the continuum of care will be provided. Evidence-based, client-centered evaluation and intervention recommendations will be emphasized while providing participants with the knowledge and resources required for best practice in oncology rehabilitation. This basic-level course will be a stepping-stone to align evidence-based recommendations to clinical application specific to the emerging and complex field of oncology rehabilitation for occupational therapists and occupational therapy assistants.
• Recognize the prevalence of cancer, and the impact of physical and psychosocial side effects on occupational performance across the lifespan.
• Describe precautions and contraindications specific to cancer and its treatment.
• Identify evidence-based occupational therapy assessment and intervention approaches across the continuum of care.
• Compare and contrast effective strategies to maximize the accessibility of specialized occupational therapy services to improve well-being and quality of life for cancer survivors among culturally diverse communities.
About the Author
Sheila M. Longpré is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Longpré has over twenty years of practice in occupational therapy practice across the lifespan. Seventeen years include application specifically related to occupational therapy practice in oncology. She has worked at two of the leading cancer centers in the nation, presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the topic. In addition, she has authored multiple articles and book chapters related to the topic area and continues to engage in research related to the role of occupational therapy in oncological care across the lifespan.
How to Receive Credit
• Read the entire course online or in print.
• Answer the final examination questions at the end of the course. A passing grade of 75% is required. Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
• Provide required personal information and payment information.
• Complete the mandatory course evaluation.
• Print your Certificate of Completion.
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