Multiple Sclerosis: The Role of Occupational Therapy

About the Course:
This intermediate course provides rehabilitative personnel with the background and evidence to increase effective management of symptoms in people with MS. This up-to-date review will enable occupational therapists to better target the specific needs of their clients. While some standardization in assessments may be useful, individualization of assessment and treatment planning is needed. This course describes rehabilitative management, including assessment and intervention, for people with MS. The intent is to encourage therapists to "kick it up a notch," to apply sufficient intensity of appropriate evidence-based rehabilitation that challenges clients and improves their quality of life. 

AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Areas of Occupation, Performance skills; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation, Intervention, Outcomes 

Learning Outcomes: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Define multiple sclerosis; 
  • Define the signs and symptoms associated with multiple sclerosis; 
  • Discuss how multiple sclerosis is diagnosed; 
  • Compare and contrast various evaluations that are utilized in physical and occupational therapy examinations of individuals with multiple sclerosis; and 
  • Discuss how physical and occupational practitioners can help in the management of multiple sclerosis. 

About the Author: 
Dr. Beth Barstow, PhD, OTR/L, SCLV, FAOTA, is an associate professor and director of the low vision graduate certificate program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She has over 20 years of experience working with adults and older adults with neurological impairment. A current line of research includes health promotion and development of a patient-provider model to facilitate exercise for individuals with multiple sclerosis. This includes multi-disciplinary grant funding and publications on
this topic.

How to Receive Credit:
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
    • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent 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.


Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.
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