AJOT CE: Effectiveness of Interventions Within the Scope of OT Practice to Improve Motor Function of People With Traumatic Brain Injury: A Systematic Review
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Publisher: AOTA Continuing Education

Published: 2016

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Non-Member Price: $24.99

Product Overview

Earn CE Credit With AJOT Articles!


Learn about tested treatment strategies by reading AJOT articles in your area of practice. Become an evidence-based practitioner and demonstrate your knowledge by passing the course exam.  Articles have been selected for their relevance to practice, fresh ideas, and strong evidence supporting treatment and the distinct value of OT.


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




After traumatic brain injury (TBI), many people experience significant motor function impairments. To help occupational therapy practitioners make informed decisions in choosing treatment strategies to improve clients’ motor function, a systematic review was undertaken that synthesized applicable findings of intervention studies. Of 2,306 articles identified in the literature search, 47 full-text articles, of which 16 met approved criteria, were reviewed. Moderate evidence that various exercise programs increase motor function was found as well as limited evidence that people with TBI can benefit from rehabilitation and computer-based programs. We offer implications for practice, education, and research.




Pei-Fen J. Chang, PhD, OTR, is Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Houston


Mary Frances Baxter, PhD, OT, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, School of Occupational Therapy, Texas Woman’s University, Houston


Jenna Rissky, MOT, was Graduate Student, Texas Woman’s University, Houston, at the time of the study.


Learning Objectives:


Following this course, the learner will be able to:

1.     Describe motor function impairments associated with traumatic brain injury [TBI]

2.     List various interventions that are used to address motor functions for persons with traumatic brain injury

3.     Discuss the effectiveness of interventions within occupational therapy scope of practice to improve motor functions for individuals with traumatic brain injury.


Exam questions for this course authored by Marie Morreale, OTR/L, CHT


Learning Level: Intermediate


Target Audience: Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants


Content Focus: Category 1: Domain of OT; Category 2: OT Process: Intervention


Reference Information:


Chang, P.-F. J., Baxter, M. F., & Rissky, J. (2016). Effectiveness of interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice to improve motor function of people with traumatic brain injury: A systematic review. American Journal of Occupational Therapy, 70, 7003180020. http://dx.doi.org/10.5014/ajot.2016.020867