Apr 1 / Megan O. Doyle, MS, OTR/L, FPS, Cert-APHPT, Aspire OT instructor

Creating Safety in Occupation: “Turning the Dial Down” on Acute Pain Intensity After Surgery: Practitioner’s Perspective

I know that everywhere we turn right now we see or hear something reminding us of how much our lives have changed due to COVID-19. As OT practitioners we have all been impacted. For some who have been furloughed or laid off, the stress of a loss of income and uncertain employment overshadows the risk for exposure. For others, we carry the worry and burden of exposing ourselves, our families but also our clients. We have to weigh that with the knowledge that our services may very well reduce the risk of future exposure by reducing hospital admissions and re-admissions. We are essential, no doubt about it. It doesn’t matter if you are currently working or not, we all have to deal with the constant change and the many still unknowns. Let’s face it, we are tired.  We are worried, we are mentally drained. I know, I am there.  As I change my clothes in the garage every evening coming home after treating patients, I am reminded that everything is different and may never be the same.

But I am also encouraged. I see how resilient my fellow OT practitioners are, welcoming new technologies and ways to provide services through telehealth and other options. How so many OTs and OTAs have stepped up to the challenge of ensuring clients receive services they still need despite a worldwide pandemic.  How so many OT practitioners are leading the way to developing new strategies and making efforts to share them with others.  In so many ways I have thought that this year OT Month somehow didn’t seem as celebratory.  I have changed my mind, I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my profession than to witness the exemplary acts demonstrated by my fellow practitioners all over the world.  I am proud to be in this profession.  Let’s keep supporting one another, keep pressing on in the pursuit of excellence for all those we serve, and most of all let’s not forget how powerful we can be.  

Let’s celebrate our profession, but most importantly let’s celebrate one another!

Megan O. Doyle, MS, OTR/L, FPS, Cert-APHPT, Aspire OT Instructor
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Addressing Acute Pain Through the Power of the Biopsychosocial Model

During the course, OTs and OTAs will grow their understanding of how to decrease their client's fear, anxiety, and stress regarding pain by utilizing graded exposure for occupation-based tasks. This course will provide recommendations for integrating therapeutic use of self when training clients to strategies that they can use to promote wellness and pain management.

The interactive self-paced course will facilitate a dialogue around a case study threaded through the course. OTAs and OTs will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practice and how to translate the knowledge from the course straight into their own OT practice to help clients have successful outcomes.