Self-management for Stroke: Evidence and Discussion with Lauren Sheehan (CE Course)

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Course Description

Released Sept. 1, 2020 from Aurora, NE

In this 1-hour course, occupational therapy practitioners will learn about promising research regarding stroke rehab—specifically, interventions that are geared toward self-management.

The good news is that much of the research backs what we are already doing. The authors build upon our existing foundations of OT, providing practical ideas for tweaking your care to leverage the principles of self-management.

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

We’re excited to explore this topic with you!

Primary Research Explored

Be sure to check out our written breakdown of the self management and stroke research, and discuss and questions/thoughts with with fellow practitioners.

Parke, H. L., Epiphaniou, E., Pearce, G., Taylor, S. J., Sheikh, A., Griffiths, C. J., . . . Pinnock, H. (2015). Self-Management Support Interventions for Stroke Survivors: A Systematic Meta-Review. Plos One,10(7). doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0131448

Learning Objectives

  1. You will be able to identify core skills that foster self-management in patients following stroke.
  2. You will be able to summarize specific ways to meet the psychosocial and physical needs of patients, as viewed through the lens of self-management.


Intro (5 minutes)

Breakdown of a meta-analysis of research on self-management in stroke (10 minutes)

  • Self-management seems like a big topic—what does it actually include?
  • What did the authors hope to contribute to the research on stroke and self-management?
  • How was this research conducted?
  • What types of reviews did they examine?
  • What outcome measures/assessments did they find?
  • What were the results?
  • What did the authors conclude/discuss?
  • Takeaways for OT practitioners

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

  • Where are we currently, regarding self-management? How do you see principles of self-management already being incorporated into OT practice?
  • In our current healthcare systems, what are the biggest barriers you see to more actively incorporating self-management principles?
  • Where do you see self-management in stroke care going in the future?
  • You walk into the room of a patient post-stroke: what is one thing you would do differently after reading this article?
  • How are you thinking differently about the future of OT and stroke care after reading this article?

Contact Hours

1 hour (0.1 AOTA CEUs)

Target Audience/Educational Level

Occupational therapy practitioners who work with stroke patients, or are interested in self-management strategies. This educational level is introductory.

Instructional Methods/”Registration”/Special Needs Requests

This course is a distance learning independent/self-study course delivered via podcast on iTunes, Spotify and Google Play. See 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.

Course Completion Requirements

In order to receive a certificate for this course, you will need to listen to the entire podcast and take the test (to access the test you must sign up for or sign-in to the OT Potential Club). You must earn 75% or higher to pass and receive credit. If you pass, a certificate will be automatically generated and sent to your email.


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.

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.

In 2011, Sarah launched OT Potential because she realized we needed a reliable source of quality occupational therapy-related content and resources. She has also had the opportunity to create content for brands like WebPT, MedBridge, Saebo, and NeuroLutions.

She launched the OT Potential Club in 2019 to marry her love of simplifying complex topics with her desire to help therapists access the most important OT-related research released each year.

Sarah is a prairie girl at heart, which is why she returned to her hometown to raise her children in Aurora, Nebraska (home of the strobe light).

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