Jana Cason; Telehealth Opportunities in Occupational Therapy Through the Affordable Care Act. Am J Occup Ther 2012;66(2):131-136. doi: 10.5014/ajot.2012.662001.
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there are three critical roles for occupational therapy practitioners in health promotion and disease or disability prevention: to promote healthy lifestyles; to emphasize occupation as an essential element of health promotion strategies; and to provide interventions, not only with individuals but also with populations. (p. 696)
Growing evidence on the efficacy and effectiveness of telerehabilitation shows that telerehabilitation leads to similar or better clinical outcomes when compared with conventional interventions. Further information on resource allocation and costs is needed to support policy and practice. (p. 119)
Incorporating assistive technology and adaptive techniques;
Modifying work, home, or school environments; and
Creating health-promoting habits and routines.
Children and youth
Health and wellness
Rehabilitation, disability, and participation
Work and industry.
Increased awareness, education, and advocacy for telehealth as a service delivery model within the profession;
Development of professional standards and guidelines;
Model regulatory language;
Inclusion of telehealth in accreditation standards, textbooks, and educational curricula;
Continuing education opportunities for experienced practitioners; and
Education and resources for stakeholders (e.g., state boards, legislators, reimbursement entities, practitioners, and consumers).
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