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HERDIN Record #: R04A-UPHBL-17020815184872

AN OVERVIEW OF OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY PRACTITIONERS WORKING AMONG GERIATRICS IN DIFFERENT SETTINGS IN LAGUNA.

Krisley Vetta A. Gubio,
Sharmaine M. Librojo,
John T. Cabilso,
Ponciano B. Epino

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The study was done to describe the current status of Occupational Therapy practitioners registered or not, among geriatrics in different settings in Laguna. The experiences, practice settings, reasons for practice, competency, average monthly salary, primary assessment tools used, interventions and  common problems encountered by the occupational therapists in their respective medical establishment were determined. The basis of this study was that the demand for occupational therapy and other rehabilitation services would rise as the population of senior citizens further increases, in order to address their increasing needs comorbidities that affect their health and well-being. Of the 77 hospitals, clinics, center and residential homes, only 66 provide OT service and there are only 14 part time therapist working in geriatric setting. The rest have no OT facility due to hospital level, not enough fund to set up an OT department and no T is applying. Aside from geriatrics, all participants work in other fields such as in pediatrics, adult physical dysfunction, psychosocial dysfunction and academe. All of them have to or more years of experience in the field of geriatrics. Half of the practitioners are registered and they handle 3 to 4 post stroke clients a day. Functional Independence Measure is the commonly used standardized assessment tool, although practitioners used modified assessment tools. ADL retraining cognitive perceptual skills training and dysphagia management are the interventions practitioners to work as OT. Low salary and being mistaken as other health care professionals are the most pressing issues practitioners encounter.

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Title
UPH-Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University/Medical Center
Frequency
Annual
Publication Date
2015
Volume
6
Issue
6
Page(s)
12-28
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