CE Article: Heart to Heart: Occupational Therapy for Individuals Living With Heart Failure
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SKU: CEA1021

Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2020

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Samantha M. Barefoot, OTD, MOT, OTR/L, BCPR

Assistant Professor, University of Findlay

Findlay, Ohio


Cynthia L. Hayden, DHEd, OTR/L, CHT

Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Richmond, Kentucky


 Earn .1 AOTA CEU (1.25 NBCOT PDU/1 contact hour)



Individuals with heart failure (HF) need guidance from their health care team to ensure the promotion of independence in meaningful occupations. In the United States, the most common diagnosis-related group for hospital admissions is HF (Aguanno & Samson, 2018). Specifically, Shah and colleagues (2018) found that 18% of all HF hospitalizations are readmissions. This is significant as health care systems are advocating for effective disease management with reduction of insurance coverage for readmissions occurring within the first 30 days of discharge (Aguanno & Samson, 2018). A primary goal of HF care is to evaluate the influence the disease may have on patients’ lives and their ability to cope with and manage the disease (Norberg et al., 2017). This article explores how occupational therapy (OT) practitioners can demonstrate best practice while considering promotion of health and wellness for individuals living with HF.


Learning Objectives

1.  Define and describe the most common types of heart failure (HF)

2. elect appropriate management strategies for individuals with HF

3. Identify the influence client factors have on the disease process, including cardiovascular system functions, structures of the cardiovascular system, and psychosocial functions

4.  Describe the role of occupational therapy in providing education to individuals with HF to promote health and wellness and disease management

5. Identify strategies for enhancing interprofessional and multidisciplinary education and care, including client and caregivers, when working with the HF population

6.  Recognize appropriateness of intervention for non-medical needs of those with HF, including contextual issues, social participation, and community mobility.


Learning Level: Introductory


Target Audience: Occupational Therapy Practitioners and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus: Domain of Occupational Therapy: client factors, occupations; Occupational Therapy Process: interventions


Reference Information: Barefoot, Samantha M., OTD, MOT, OTR/L, BCPR; Hayden, Cynthia L., DHEd, OTR/L, CHT

(CEA October, 2021) Heart to Heart: Occupational Therapy for Individuals Living With Heart Failure