Award Date

May 2023

Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy Doctorate


Brain Health

First Committee Member

Donnamarie Krause

Second Committee Member

Jefferson Kinney

Number of Pages



Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, Early Progressive Mobility (EPM) was used more frequently in an interdisciplinary approach to improve patient outcomes. The aim is to create a protocol that takes an interdisciplinary approach and makes use of early progressive mobility. In the acute setting, occupational therapists are equipped to promote quality of life and independence both, during and after hospitalization, which is critical for early mobilization being beneficial for patients who are able to participate in therapy.This Doctoral Capstone project was aimed at demonstrating the value of occupational therapists in the intensive care unit (ICU)/acute setting by utilizing EPM in collaboration with other healthcare disciplines. Using current literature, a protocol will be developed to provide clear instructions to healthcare providers on what they must do to play an effective role in the ICU/acute setting. Occupational therapists and other healthcare staff will be responsible for increasing awareness, education, and knowledge on early progressive mobility in the ICU/acute setting through the interdisciplinary approach of Early Progressive Mobility.


Early Progressive Mobility; Intensive Care Unit; Interdisciplinary approach; Occupational therapy


Occupational Therapy

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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