OT 3740: Disabling Conditions

Course description

This course will introduce issues in health and illness as well as pathologic processes and their impact on the total individual. Selected conditions related to the following pathologic processes will be discussed: developmental, traumatic, degenerative, infectious, immunologic, metabolic, psychiatric, and circulatory/respiratory. This is a Blackboard E-Learning supported course. Materials will be posted on the course site.

Relationship to curriculum design

Embedded within this course are opportunities for students to discover information that is new to them, integrate this new knowledge with information and skills that they bring to the classroom, apply these concepts to occupational therapy practice at a beginner level, and then reflect on their progress along the way. The students will be evaluated on the Basic Tenets Competency (2b) as follows: The competent graduate understands the dynamic role of occupation in the promotion of health and the prevention of disease and disability as well as the effects of physical and mental health on the individual's occupational performance within all contextual considerations.

Learning outcomes

B.1.3 Demonstrate competence in basic computer use, including the ability to use databases and search engines to access information, word processing for writing and presentation software.

  • Students will present evidence-based information gathered through use of database searches.
  • Students will appropriately evaluate websites used as resources.

B.8.2. Effectively locate, understand, critique, and evaluate information, including the quality of evidence. 

  • Students will explore and analyze their personal attitudes toward health and illness and their concept of motivation and barriers to meeting goals.

B.2.5 Explain the role of occupation in the promotion of health in the prevention of disease and disability for the individual, family and society.

B2.9 Express support for the quality of life, well-being and occupation of the individual, group or population to promote physical and mental health and prevention of injury and disease considering the context.

  • Students will define medical terminology specific to each condition as well as general terms related to body systems. 
  • Students will describe the classic picture in selected conditions
    • Etiology and pathomechanics 
    • Signs and symptoms (client factors) 
    • Course and prognosis  
    • Diagnostic procedures 
    • General medical and surgical management 
    • Impact on participation/engagement in occupation
  • Students will compare and contrast socio-cultural concepts of health and illness. 

B.2.6 Analyze the effects of physical and mental health, heritable diseases and predisposing genetic conditions, disability, disease processes and traumatic injury to the individual within the cultural context of family and society on occupational performance.