Gabby Granados OTD, OTR/L
Assistant Professor of Clinical Occupational Therapy
Mitchell, S., Sideris, J., Blanchard, J., Granados, G., Díaz, J., & Pyatak, E. (2023). Telehealth Lifestyle Redesign occupational therapy for diabetes: Preliminary effectiveness, satisfaction, and engagement. OTJR: Occupational Therapy Journal of Research, 43(3), 426-434. https://doi.org/10.1177/15394492231172933 Show abstract
Telehealth delivery of Lifestyle Redesign®, an occupational therapy intervention framework addressing health and quality of life among people with chronic conditions, is understudied. The objective of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness, satisfaction, and engagement of telehealth Lifestyle Redesign for young adults with diabetes. Using process data from two randomized controlled trials, we compared in-person and telehealth intervention effects. Among telehealth clients, effectiveness was assessed using pre-post changes in occupational performance, occupational satisfaction, and health management; a survey captured telehealth satisfaction. Attendance and engagement in in-person versus telehealth therapy were compared. Preliminary results indicate telehealth clients had significant increases in occupational performance, occupational satisfaction, and health management (all p < .02), and high levels of telehealth satisfaction. Intervention engagement (p = .59) and attendance (p = .42) were similar across treatment modalities. Telehealth delivery of Lifestyle Redesign occupational therapy is feasible and potentially efficacious, and continued advocacy is needed to ensure access to occupational therapy through telehealth.