Date of Award
Doctor of Occupational Therapy
Jyothi Gupta, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA
Cognitive deficits, secondary to concussion, can impact return to work; people may be held from work due to symptoms. Common difficulties include trouble learning new tasks, or needing more time to perform job tasks. In 10-20% of cases, symptoms can persist for months, and are more likely to persist one year post-injury. Studies have examined cognitive performance after concussion with mixed results, warranting further research in cognitive deficits and cognitive rehabilitation. The OT scope of practice is inclusive of rehabilitation at the physical, cognitive, and affective domains; however, concussion cognitive rehabilitation services are under-represented in literature.
The purpose of this project is to identify cognitive deficits persisting after concussion to provide treatment recommendations to facilitate return to work. A secondary aim is to make a case for broadening the occupational therapy role on the concussion team.
Melendez, Naomi, "Neuropsychological Test Performance in Individuals with Persistent Post-Concussion Symptoms: A Data-Driven Method to Conceptualize OT Cognitive Rehabilitation Toward Return-to-Work" (2020). OT Student Capstones. 63.