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



The objective of this quality improvement study was to assess if an ostomy training workshop with a hands-on component would impact the confidence of occupational therapy practitioners and students in client education on ostomy management. The hypothesis is that the training workshop would improve the confidence of occupational therapy practitioners and students in client education on ostomy management. Participants were occupational therapists, occupational therapy assistants, or occupational therapy students in Henderson, Nevada; North Las Vegas, Nevada; or Las Vegas, Nevada. The study utilized a time-series design with a preand post-workshop survey that included a sample size of 30. Occupational therapy practitioner and student confidence were assessed on the pre-survey and post-survey using a 5-point Likertscale (1=Strongly disagree, 6=Strongly Agree) adapted from Cross et al. (2014). The postworkshop survey also included questions about demographic data, clinical practice characteristics, and work characteristics adapted from Cross et al. (2014) and Alenezi et al. (2022). The post-workshop survey had questions about the experience of the workshop for quality improvement purposes. The pre- and post-workshop surveys were online through Qualtrics and accessed through a QR code given to participants to scan. The results of the study displayed statistically significant changes (p<0.05) between the confidence levels of the sample in the pre-workshop survey and post-workshop survey on all items with p<0.001. The confidence levels of occupational therapy practitioners and students regarding ostomy care & client education on ostomy management significantly increased following an ostomy workshop with a hands-on component. Occupational therapy practitioners with ostomy training are equipped to assist the ostomate population. Practitioners should seek continuing education opportunities to further their knowledge and skillset on ostomy. Occupational therapy programs should consider implementing ostomy training into their curriculum. Further research should be performed on the topic of ostomy care and occupational therapy to better inform clinical practice.


Occupational Therapy

Degree Grantor

University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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