1. How often will I receive occupational therapy?
The frequency and duration of an occupational therapy treatment plan is
related to the medical diagnosis or surgical procedure performed. For
example, a patient who has been fit with a customized splint may be seen
daily for monitoring of the splint and for other therapeutic activities,
such as teaching one-handed techniques for dressing.
2. Do you have a rehabilitation unit at BIDMC?
We do not have a rehabilitation unit. Occupational therapists work closely
with case managers and make recommendations to the treatment team for
patients requiring further rehabilitation services after discharge.
3. What is the difference between occupational therapy and physical
While both disciplines work very closely together to coordinate care, the
occupational therapist focuses on a patient's occupational performance. For
example, if a patient is returning home to care for an infant, the
occupational therapist focuses on those functional activities that are
important for a parent to perform such as carrying the infant, diapering,
etc. Each patient identifies his/her goals in the initial assessment, and
these activities are included in the treatment plan.
The physical therapist focuses on a patient's ability to mobilize safely
such as transferring out of bed to a chair, walking and climbing stairs.
BIDMC physical therapists also are trained in chest physical therapy and
use these techniques to help patients clear secretions and improve
4. Since BIDMC is a teaching hospital do I need to be treated by a student?
We have a very active student teaching program and usually have
occupational therapy students in training. However, you may request to not
be treated by a student.
5. How many years of training do occupational therapists have?
New graduate occupational therapists must have at least a Master's Degree
in occupational therapy and have successfully passed a national examination
to be licensed to practice in Massachusetts.