Author ORCID Identifier

Date of Award


Degree Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)


Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Jade Halloway

Second Advisor

Leah Venard


This capstone project delves into the experiences of Occupational Therapists (OTs) specializing in pelvic health across three healthcare delivery systems: outpatient clinics, hospitals, and home healthcare, aiming to identify the barriers and supports they encounter. By examining these elements, the study seeks to understand their impact on clinical practice and quality of care, ultimately contributing to advancements in patient treatment, professional performance, and academic inclusion within pelvic health occupational therapy. Utilizing a qualitative methodology, the research involved semi-structured interviews and observations of 12 pelvic floor professionals in various settings, including OTs and Physical Therapists (PTs). Preliminary results reveal common barriers such as limited public awareness, insufficient cross-disciplinary cooperation, and a lack of specialized training at academic levels. Conversely, supports identified include the availability of continuing education, robust professional networks, and access to evidence-based practice resources. These findings show the need for increased awareness, enhanced cross-disciplinary collaboration, and greater access to specialized training in pelvic health at the university level. Addressing these challenges through advocacy and policy changes is vital for elevating the role of occupational therapy in pelvic health, improving patient outcomes, and fostering professional excellence.

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