Occupational therapy practitioners help people manage and prevent chronic diseases, which reduces hospitalizations and other health care costs. They work with individuals, groups, and populations.
Occupational therapists must have a master’s degree for entry-level practice, and occupational therapy assistants must have an associate’s degree. Both must pass an initial certification exam.
The Fact Sheets below provide information on occupational therapy’s role with a variety of conditions.
Occupational Therapy and Pain Rehabilitation
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Sleep
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Breast Cancer Rehabilitation
The Role of Occupational Therapy in Chronic Disease Management - pdf, 3.1 mb
Occupational Therapy Using a Sensory Integration–Based Approach With Adult Populations
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Managing Arthritis - pdf, 774 kb
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Diabetes Self-Management - pdf, 1 mb
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Bariatric Care - pdf, 907 kb
Occupational Therapy's Role in Health Promotion - pdf, 3.1 mb
Addressing Sensory Integration Across the Lifespan Through Occupational Therapy - pdf, 176 kb
Occupational Therapy’s Role in Disaster Relief