OT, eHealth, and Participatory Medicine

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In this 1-hour course, occupational therapy practitioners will learn about the concepts of eHealth and participatory medicine—and, how they are shaping the future of our profession.

Both eHealth and participatory medicine will give you a new lens to understand some of the seismic shifts that are happening in health care right now. And, the good news is that even amidst rapid change, the basic tenet of both concepts, of helping the patient to be more active in their care, has long been a tenant of OT and will leave you feeling affirmed of the value of the work we do.

The course will begin with a breakdown of the research, and then Lauren Sheehan, OTD, OTR/L, an occupational therapist and rehab technology expert, will join us to discuss practical takeaways.

We’re excited to explore this topic with you!

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Primary Research Explored

Be sure to check out the OT Potential Club’s written breakdown of the eHealth and participatory medicine research, and discuss your questions/thoughts with fellow practitioners.

Learning Objectives

  • You will be able to identify how eHealth has influenced relationships between patients and healthcare providers.
  • You will be able to define “participatory medicine” and explain its importance.
  • You will be able to identify opportunities to enable your patients to participate as active partners in their care.


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown of eHealth, participatory medicine, and ethical care (10 minutes)

  • A brief orientation to eHealth and participatory medicine.
  • What was the main research question?
  • Who participated in the focus group?
  • What was the structure of the focus group?
  • What were the results?
  • What the authors concluded/discussed
  • Takeaways for OT practitioners

Discussion on practical implications for OTs (led by Lauren Sheehan, OTD, OTR/L) (45 minutes)

  • Could touch on e-health and how from your vantage point in the start-up technology world how you see e-health influencing occupational therapy?
  • Is this shift to participatory medicine as important and seismic as I’m thinking it is? Do you think participatory medicine is the future of healthcare?
  • What are the biggest barriers you currently see in occupational therapy to more actively working towards participatory medicine?
  • You walk into a patient’s room: what is one thing you would do differently after reading this article?
  • What do you think is the most important thing for people to take away from this article?
This course on OT, eHealth, and Participatory Medicine is AOTA approved!

This course is an independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play & more. Explore your listening options on the OT Potential Podcast page.

If you need accommodations to take this course, please contact us and we will address your needs on an individual basis.

If this course were to be canceled, please see our cancellation policy on our terms page.

In order to receive a certificate for this course, you must first listen to the podcast in its entirety. Then, you will need to take the test (found at the top of this page) and earn 75% or higher. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.

Target Audience/Educational Level

Occupational therapy practitioners who are interested in forming a more active partnership with their clients. The educational level is introductory.

Financial and Non-financial Disclosures

It is the policy of OT Potential to disclose any financial and non-financial interest the provider or instructor may have in a product or service mentioned during an activity. This is to ensure that the audience is made aware of any bias of the speaker.

We here at OT Potential have no financial stake in this topic. Our guest, Lauren Sheehan, has no financial interest in this topic to disclose.


Lauren Sheehan, OTD, OTR/L podcast guest

Lauren Sheehan, OTD, OTR/L

Lauren has been an occupational therapist for 10+ years in a neuro-rehabilitation clinical setting, working with individuals with neurologic injuries and illnesses. She also spent a handful of years working in clinical administration and director of rehab roles for both small community hospitals and facilities in large, urban areas.

She has spent the last three years of her career working for rehabilitation technology companies, assisting with product and process development for products that serve stroke patients. She’s currently the Field Clinical Manager for NeuroLutions, a device company committed to developing quality products that incorporate innovation such as BCI (Brain Computer Interface) stroke rehabilitation technology.

She has a passion for supporting individuals with neurologic injury and illness through greater accessibility to technologies that can be used at home to increase function and improve quality of life. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys singing, cycling, and traveling.

Podcast host: Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah Lyon, OTR/L

Sarah’s passion is helping fellow OT practitioners translate evidence into daily practice. Sarah earned her BA in religion from St. Olaf College, then earned her master’s degree in occupational therapy from New York University in 2011.

Since then, she’s worked in numerous facilities, including a critical access hospital, an acute trauma hospital, and a state inpatient psychiatric hospital. Sarah is the founder/owner of OT Potential. Read more about OT Potential here.

This course was designed to meet your continuing education requirements

We designed the courses in the Club to meet the requirements for “online” and “independent/self-study” courses. For more details read our blog post: Can I earn OT CEUS from a podcast? To verify the requirements from your specific state (within the US), check out our post, OT Continuing Education Explained. If you are outside of the United States and have questions, please contact us.

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