Lightning Talk

THINK-OT: Increasing Understanding of the Role of Occupational Therapy on the Medicine Service

Wednesday, September 14, 2022, 1:15 pm - 2:15 pm CDT
Interprofessional practice and education (IPE)

Physicians in acute care lack understanding of the role and scope of OT (Kingston et al., 2019; Nonaillada, 2018). Evidence supports OT can decrease patient length of stay and readmissions, reduce hospital spending, and improve patient satisfaction (Rogers et al., 2017). There is a paucity of continuing education opportunities for physicians to increase knowledge and use of OT (Oldenburg et al., 2020). This fragmented and limited knowledge underscores the importance of advocating for and educating about OT, as well the importance of interprofessional education and collaboration. This Lightning Talk will showcase an innovative approach to developing, implementing, and evaluating a continuing education workshop for hospitalists.
Program Description:
A teach-the-teacher approach was used to educate hospitalists in an academic hospital. Lightning Talk attendees will learn a variety of contributing factors of decreased physician-OT collaboration in the hospital, as well as active learning ingredients created to intentionally increase physician engagement in the workshop which was developed in accordance with the Rehabilitation Treatment Specification System framework and the Adult Learning Theory.
Evaluation, Results, and Implications:
Attendees will learn about the development and use of evaluation tools and processes to measure two specific workshop outcomes – knowledge and consult appropriateness. The educational workshop resulted in a directional increase in physician knowledge of OT. Fifty-eight percent of hospitalist participants agreed they would increase OT consultations. The OT department reported a 5% increase in appropriate consultations within 1 week of the workshop. Lightning Talk attendees will engage in a meaningful discussion about the results, as well as limitations and considerations for future endeavors related to interprofessional education and collaboration. Attendees will leave the talk with skills to better advocate, collaborate, and develop innovative experiential learning opportunities that have the potential to impact at the provider, patient, or systems level.