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New Year, Renewed You

Did the past year get away from you? Has it flown by without you meeting the goals you set for yourself personally, professionally, financially? I have been in the same spot finding self reflection during the holidays and the need to act as the new year begins. This is a great time to consider your goals and planning.

Try these 4 strategies to renew and energize your New Year!

4 steps to a refreshed and renewed 2017 !

  1. Pace yourself: As my dear husband always says, “it’s a marathon not a sprint!” This is a great time of year to invest in deep breathing and stress management techniques, which as a bonus are a great thing to teach our clients. Click here for a 2 minute deep breathing video.
  2. Renew your cup of compassion: Do you ever feel as a therapist that you give, and give, and give until your cup of compassion is empty? Do you save anything for yourself? For more information {click this link} to read the study from October 2010 on compassion fatigue in inpatient oncology nurses. Remember you cannot pour from an empty cup, so find your own way to renew your energy. 3.  Interact: A new year is a fantastic time to interact with a new group of professionals. I recommend stepping out of your comfort zone and joining OT Collective for one of our upcoming social events. This is a great way to get inspired and hear what is happening at other clinics, hospitals, and in other practice areas. Remember one of the amazing things about being an OT is that you can change your practice area and develop skills in areas you never even knew existed in OT. Join the email list for event updates {Click HERE} for email sign up!
    4.   Assess your personal brand: A new year, A new YOU? Could you present your personal brand differently in 2017? Here is a great test. Read the last 5 posts from social media, and view the last 5 photos you posted on any media platform. Then choose one photo and one post to represent you and your brand. If you looked at this would you hire yourself or promote yourself at your current job? Remember that your public profile is just that – Public. If you review your information and find anything you wouldn’t discuss openly in a work environment you might want to make some edits and change course with your public brand. Remember that private or closed groups could be a better option for anything you would consider non-professional. If you want to invest in a brand overview or personal consulting, I recommend contacting Stefanie Diaz of Mastermind your Launch for More information (Click Here).
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Value of OT

Our most important finding is that Occupational Therapy (OT) is the only category where higher spending

has a statistically significant association with lower readmission rates for all three medical conditions.

New research released September 15, 2016 from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine is leading the charge for advancing OT services in the hospital. Many of us have been very enthusiastic about this new research and its implications for advancing our hospital based OT programs and services. The door is open for us to use this important study to talk with our managers, service lines, case managers, physicians etc. to discuss all of the amazing and encompassing ways that OTs benefit the whole team and advance patient outcomes. My question to you is, “What are you doing today to advance OT practices in your clinic, hospital or practice?” I challenge you to speak to 3 people today about the benefits of OT that you think either have a basic knowledge or no knowledge at all about OT. Educate 3 people and enthusiastically share your love and passion. You might be surprised what happens next.

By simply reading this article and engaging in this platform it tells me that you are the kind of therapist that is looking to expand your own knowledge and resources for the clients that you service and your own personal development. I am including my personal research synopsis below. The article reference is at the end of this blog post for additional review.

In this study by Rogers, Lavin, and Anderson the obvious conclusion is that there is a statistically significant relationship with OT and the three conditions studied : Heart Failure (HF), pneumonia (PN), and acute myocardial infarction (AMI).

Objective of study: “To identify specific spending categories where higher spending has the potential to reduce readmissions across the three clinical conditions (p.5)”

Time Line: Tracked patients 2009-2012. Looking at 30 day readmission dates.

Patient cohort: enrolled in Medicare fee for service, 65 years or older, and DC from non-federal acute care hospitals with a primary diagnosis or HF, PN, or AMI.

The take home message – Investing in OT services has the potential to improve care quality without significantly increasing overall hospital spending. “By focusing on the wide range of factors that affect patient health outside of the hospital, OT is well-positioned to address these risk factors for readmissions (p.13).

Your Elevator pitch:

“Have you read the new research from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland? They found that an increased investment in OT services across 3 hospital diagnoses demonstrated a significant reduction in hospital readmissions. Did you know that OT is a critical member of the rehab team? OT has the ability to assess safety concerns with patient discharges, functional abilities, and adaptation of the environment for increased patient independence. I am excited about this new research and proud to be an OT. ”

Please see full article for reference. While you are at it get a copy for a friend or colleague, spread the word!

Rogers, A. T., Bai, G., Lavin, R. A., & Anderson, G. F. (2016, September 2). Higher hospital spending on occupational therapy is associated with lower readmission rates. Medical Care Research and Review, 1–19 – See more at: