Award Date

Spring 5-7-2021

Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

Advisor 1

Donna Costa, DHS, OTR/L, FAOTA

First Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney, Ph.D

Second Committee Member

Kathryn Hausbeck Korgan, Ph.D

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Occupational therapists carry an abundance of expertise in helping patients and caregivers navigate the end-of-life journey. The lack of knowledge of OT’s role impacts occupational therapy utilization and service provision in hospice. It reduces opportunities for this population to increase their understanding on how to maintain quality-of-life. The more a patient is able to do lessens the burdens shouldered by the caregiver. Education on pain management and promoting comfort are typical priorities addressed; however, not enough training is focused on maximizing independence or engagement in occupations. Competencies encompass a unique set of skills, knowledge, and abilities necessary for successful performance in a given role. This final culminating paper is the author’s reflections of personal growth and competency development during the Doctoral Capstone experience. The final Doctoral Capstone, a continuing education course available in an outlined format in the appendices, describes the necessary competencies required of an occupational therapist involved in end-of-life care. It illustrates how an occupational therapist demonstrating these specific competencies add value and improve service provision in caring for the dying person.


End of life care; Hospice care


Occupational Therapy

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Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas