Award Date


Degree Type

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Post-Professional Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



Improved health-related outcomes for individuals 18 years or older living with a chronic condition or multiple chronic conditions can be positively impacted by health and wellness coaching. The primary purpose of this capstone project was to develop a community-based health and wellness coaching program with an occupational therapy-based approach to empower and motivate individuals in discovering their strategies, make healthier choices, and be accountable for their self-management (medication adherence, physical activity, sleep hygiene, healthy eating, stress management, and pain management). According to the American Occupational Therapy Association (2015), occupational therapy focuses on promoting health and wellness by enabling clients to participate at their optimal occupational performance and completing meaningful activities. The delivery of occupational therapy services can help individuals to effectively manage their chronic conditions resulting in improved quality of life (QOL), reducing the frequency of medical interventions, and engaging in meaningful activities of daily living (AOTA, 2015). This doctoral capstone project promotes the benefits of a health and wellness coaching (HWC) program and its’ unique process. The program was designed and implemented to support individual's goal-directed plans with recommendations to promote behavior change and self- management. The use of assessment tools and evidence-based interventions were used as a guideline to explore and promote the program addressing the gap in community-based occupational therapy health and wellness coaching, for adults living with a chronic condition or multiple chronic conditions (MCCs).

Controlled Subject

Chronically ill--Care; Occupational therapy


Occupational Therapy

File Format


File Size

388 KB

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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