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Emergencies and disasters may occur anywhere in the world, with no population immune to their effects. Vulnerable populations, including individuals with physical disabilities, are more at risk and lose the ability to maintain crucial occupations in the event of an emergency or disaster (Rutkow et al., 2015). Currently occupational therapy services have a strong presence in post emergency situations, in a recovery capacity. Despite Safety and Emergency Maintenance being an Instrumental Activity of Daily Living, a gap exists in the literature regarding what occupational therapists may do when engaging in emergency and disaster preparation with individuals who have a physical disability.
The purpose of this capstone was to expand the literature of occupational therapy’s involvement in emergency preparation with the population of individuals with a physical disability. To gain a holistic end product a needs assessment, which included observations and informal interviews, was used to support the findings of an Internal Review Board approved research survey given to occupational therapists. The results produced educational material to help guide occupational therapists when participating in emergency preparation with individuals with a physical disability.
University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences
Medical Subject Headings
Disabled Persons, Disaster Planning, Occupational Therapy, Surveys and Questionnaires
Occupational Therapy | Public Health
Cerillo, A., MacDermott, S., & Park, K. (2021, December 9). Occupational Therapy’s Role in Emergency and Disaster Preparation for the Population of Physically Disabled Individuals. Poster presented at the Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium, University of St Augustine for Health Sciences. Retrieved from https://soar.usa.edu/otdcapstonesfall2021/17