Sally Wasmuth

Sally Wasmuth
Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis | IUPUI · Department of Occupational Therapy

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Theater has long-standing roots in social justice and holds promise for reducing racist attitudes and behaviors. Objectives of this study were to (a) collect and theatrically portray narratives from Black occupational therapy students and practitioners to a national audience and (b) examine the impact of the theatrical performance on anti-Black rac...
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Background. Identity Development Evolution and Sharing (IDEAS) is a theatre-based intervention for reducing healthcare provider stigma. IDEAS films are created by: collecting narratives from people who have experienced discrimination and healthcare inequity; partnering with professional playwrights to create theatrical scripts that maintain the wor...
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Importance: Societal stigma gravely impedes occupational justice for transgender and gender-nonconforming (TGNC) people, producing vast health disparities for this population. Objective: To test the feasibility of an intervention to reduce stigma and improve the well-being of TGNC people. Design: A parallel, mixed-methods design was used to test fe...
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Theatre has been a powerful means of eliciting social change. This paper describes methods and outcomes of a theatre project to reduce healthcare inequities experienced by Black women. We conducted narrative interviews with a convenience sample of Black women and conducted thematic analysis of interview transcripts to learn about their experiences...
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This paper describes implementation of narrative-informed occupation-based service delivery in outpatient community mental health that addresses (1) the need for outcome data on occupational therapy in this setting, (2) an ongoing mental health provider shortage, and (3) a need for innovative approaches to supporting mental health. We found a signi...
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Background Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) commonly experience dyspnea, which may limit activities of daily living. Pursed-lip breathing improves dyspnea for COPD patients; however, access to pursed-lip breathing training is limited. Methods The proposed MELodica Orchestra for DYspnea (MELODY) study will be a single-site...
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Background: A community experiencing gentrification created challenges for older adults and their ability to access food. The purpose of this qualitative study was to examine barriers and facilitators perceived by three urban-dwelling older adults during their grocery shopping experiences. Methods: The researchers conducted photo-elicitation suppo...
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Background Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is highly prevalent among Veterans. Patients with COPD commonly experience dyspnea, which can be debilitating and may limit daily activities leading to a reduced quality of life. Pulmonary rehabilitation often includes teaching pursed lip breathing as a method to reduce dyspnea. However, patie...
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Background: Among Veterans, homelessness is a well-recognized, major problem. Approximately 20% of homeless persons in Indianapolis are Veterans. The Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans Program provides residential care for housing insecure Veterans with multiple needs. However, difficulty in combating issues of isolation and lack of avocation f...
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Numerous studies have illustrated that participation in occupations—defined as meaningful life activities—is essential to wellness (AOTA, 2014). Social interaction is an important area of occupational participation for children in their roles as students (AOTA, 2014). Classroom design can impact student social participation; however, there is a lac...
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Despite its important clinical implications, Bleuler’s early contention that discrete symptoms such as delusions and hallucinations are secondary to a core fragmentation (splitting) of psychic functions has been largely lost within current models of schizophrenia. This paper offers an integrative approach to the concept of fragmentation as found ac...
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This study examined how addiction emerges as an occupation in the lives of veterans. Its purpose was to facilitate better knowledge of how addiction is experienced as an occupation by this population, with the goal of destigmatizing addiction and paving the way for innovative ways to help people with addictions to build new occupational lives. Fift...
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While it has been argued that addiction is not a unified concept (Karasaki, Fraser, Moore, and Dietze, 2013), perhaps the most widely used definition by medical professionals and addiction researchers is drawn from the diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (DSM). This manual has undergone numerous revisions that reflect changes in h...
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Introduction Despite advances in addiction research and practice, addiction remains a significant public health problem with strikingly high relapse rates and low treatment retention rates. This study explored whether the concept of addiction-as-occupation aligned with the experiences of ten persons with addiction(s), and suggests that further deve...

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