Cerebrovascular disease--Patients--United States; Self-care, Health; Chronically ill--Care--United States; Caregivers--Training of--United States


It is not uncommon for stroke survivors to encounter a number of mental and physical barriers that impede on their ability to engage in everyday occupations. In order for these individuals to successfully live a meaningful lifestyle, it is necessary that they be educated on how to use their resources and re-integrate themselves back into the community. Participation in group interventions aimed at increasing self-management skills has been effective for persons with other chronic diseases and show potential to increase overall wellness and participation for those living with chronic stroke. A manual was created to educate occupational therapy students on the process of running a wellness program for persons with chronic stroke at the University of Puget Sound onsite clinic. The manual contains six modules, with directions for leaders that aid participants in regaining independence and adopting a healthier and more productive lifestyle. A pilot study was conducted to determine the usability of the manual; three students who piloted the manual running one session with stroke survivors reported increased knowledge concerning strategies that can help them effectively self-manage their chronic symptoms and maximize participation in their everyday occupations. Feedback was elicited from each participant and student leaders after modules were piloted, in order to determine overall level of satisfaction concerning the wellness program, as well as improvements to the manual and leaders guide.

First Advisor

Sue Doyle, PhD, OTR/L, CFE

Date of Completion

Spring 5-14-2015

Degree Type







Degree Name

Master of Occupational Therapy (MOT)

Date of Award

Spring 2015


Occupational Therapy


University of Puget Sound