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Understanding whether occupational therapists (OT) practice health-promoting behaviors in their own lives to achieve overall wellness

Purpose: ​The purpose of this study is to better understand whether occupational therapists (OT) practice health-promoting behaviors in their own lives to achieve overall wellness. Health care practitioners (HCPs) including OTs promote health and wellbeing for their clients that include several components of wellness including: physical, emotional, social, spiritual, intellectual, and occupational. Clients who learn how to apply positive choices to the different aspects of wellness can maximize their own health, wellbeing, and quality of life. HCPs are expected to practice what they preach to their patients that include incorporating health, wellbeing, and promoting healthy behaviors into their personal lives. Research indicates that HCPs such as physicians and nurses struggle to achieve such wellness that leads to job burnout, stress, decreased levels of care and empathy towards patients, and reduced work/life balance. American Occupational Therapy Association’s (AOTA) 2025 Vision is to “...[maximize] health, well-being, and quality of life for all people, populations, and communities through effective solutions that facilitate participation in everyday living,” (AOTA, 2017, p.1) but health care professionals may struggle to meet their own needs for wellness. While research indicates that HCPs often do not practice health-promoting behaviors in their own lives, no specific studies have been located regarding OTs specifically. This study will explore whether OTs maintain their own wellness or fall into the same dilemma. 

Procedure: ​Participants will be able to access this web-based survey, preach, at their convenience on their personal computer or electronic device. The survey will begin with instructions and a letter of consent. Once the participants have read and agreed to the consent form, they will be guided to the survey. The survey includes demographic questions and behavioral questions regarding seven different areas of wellness.

Anonymity of data will be ensured:
​The responses and data collected will remain confidential and anonymous because there are no personal identifying markers. In addition, only the researchers will have access to the data from this research once data is compiled and saved on a password protected usb drive stored behind a biometric door office in the occupational therapy office at Stanbridge University. 

Deadline for completion/closure of survey: ​January 19, 2018