Breast Cancer The Role of Occupational Therapists - I6375


About Course #I6375

Release Date - November 29, 2016

Expiration Date: November 29, 2019

There are various effective therapeutic approaches that can be utilized with breast cancer survivors. Due to the physical and psychological effects of these treatments, there is a need for a therapeutic approach that focuses on the effect that this experience has on one's psychosocial function and overall occupational performance. Cancer diagnosis and treatment can impose multiple degrees of physical and psychological strain on an individual. The repercussions associated with chemotherapy, radiation, and/or surgery can result in the inability to engage in meaningful occupations, return to work, or perform prior social roles and responsibilities adequately. Further, such repercussions can have a profound impact on one's economic status and level of social functioning, which affects their overall occupational performance.

This intermediate course provides a critical review of current evidence to ensure occupational therapy practitioners are adequately prepared to provide the best care possible within the breast cancer population. Upon fulfilling the course objectives, practitioners will be prepared to develop an evidence-based approach to the evaluation and treatment of individuals with breast cancer throughout the pre-operative, post-operative and community phases of recovery.

AOTA Content Focus - Domain of OT: Client Factors; Occupational Therapy Process: Evaluation and Intervention

0.3 AOTA CEUs are awarded upon successful completion of this course.

About the Author(s)

Elizabeth Dwyer DeIuliis, OTD, OTR/L, is the assistant department chair, director of clinical and community education, and academic fieldwork coordinator at Duquesne University's Department of Occupational Therapy in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has more than 12 years of clinical experience and maintains an occupational therapy practitioner role at Centers for Rehab Services at UPMC Shadyside Hospital. Her clinical experience is primarily in acute care, hospital-based rehabilitation, and during her occupational therapy doctorate program from Chatham University, she created an evidence-based occupational therapy program for individuals who had breast cancer-related surgery.

Shannon Hellested, MOT, OTR/L, CLT, is a home health occupational therapist. She became a certified lymphedema therapist in 2008 through Klose Training and Consulting. Her clinical experience is primarily in outpatient lymphedema, wound care, and home health. She has been a consultant for the makers of a sequential pneumatic lymphedema compression pump, and she has served as a consultant research therapist for the University of Pittsburgh's Department of Occupational Therapy.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that the course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.
  • There are no prerequisites for this course.

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