Date Approved


Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Degree Program

Occupational Science and Therapy

First Advisor

Carla Floyd-Slabaugh DrOT, OTRL, CBIS

Academic Year



Background: Concussion, also called mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI), results from trauma to the skull or sudden acceleration or deceleration forces causing impact on the brain (CDC, 2015). Most recover in 10-14 days while 30% are diagnosed with persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS) and experience a decrease in their quality of life and occupational performance (CDC, 2015; Mercier et al., 2020). The goal of this project is to determine if PPCS is being taught in entry-level Occupational Therapy programs.

Method: This study utilizes a self-developed survey. Contacts were generated from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education website and emailed an invitation to complete the survey and forward the email invitation to others meeting the inclusion criteria.

Results: 25 individuals completed the survey, 36% (n=9) indicated that PPCS is being taught in their program, 52% (n=13) said it was not being taught, and 12% (n=3) answered unknown. Of the nine respondents indicating PPCS is taught in their program, five indicated they teach PPCS content, four do not. Descriptive statistics were analyzed on characteristics associated with the participant’s perspective programs.

Conclusion: PPCS is not being explicitly taught in a majority of entry-level occupational therapy programs in the United States.

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