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Objective: The aim of this scoping review is to systematically examine and organize current literature describing the current roles of occupational therapists with people living with epilepsy, including assessments, interventions, and other behaviors. This will help identify current gaps in the literature to facilitate future research.

Methods: Using scoping review methodology, an electronic database search was conducted using the search terms “occupational therapy and epilepsy”. Data was extracted and charted independently by the investigator by way of finding themes and codes through analysis.

Results: The total number of studies included was 12. The primary methodology noted were case studies. Per the data, the most common behaviors of OT practitioners when working with individuals living with epilepsy are evaluation and intervention. The assessments and interventions greatly varied due to the vast differences in the way epilepsy presents and affects people, including potential comorbidity involvement.

Discussion: The primary limitations of this study include studies only published in English, limited access to literature, and lack of current published literature specifically addressing occupational therapy intervention and epilepsy.

Publication Date

Summer 8-12-2021


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences


Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapists, Epilepsy, Review

Medical Subject Headings

Occupational Therapy, Occupational Therapists, Epilepsy, Review


Neurology | Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Summer 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences held online on August 12, 2021.

The Role of Occupational Therapy with People Living with Epilepsy: A Scoping Review