Date of Paper/Work


Type of Paper/Work

Doctoral Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Occupational Science/Occupational Therapy

First Advisor

Stephanie de Sam Lazaro


Doctor of Occupational Therapy


Introduction. Pain during pregnancy is one of the most common complaints from the expecting mother (Katonis et al., 2011). An educational module was created for the staff at Options for Women Cornerstone and a post-module survey was provided to examine outcomes.

Purpose. The purpose of this quality improvement project was to educate providers at Options for Women Cornerstone on nonpharmacological interventions for pain to potentially use with future clients who may be experiencing pain, and to examine the post-module survey responses that supplemented suggestions for future practice. Approach An initial needs assessment was conducted to identify the primary purpose of this quality improvement project. Preliminary examination of existing evidence regarding nonpharmacological interventions for pain was conducted and the evidence-based articles assisted in educational module creation. The educational module was provided to volunteers and staff at Options for Women Cornerstone in St. Michael, Minnesota. An optional post-module survey was provided, and responses were examined to supplement project implications and future recommendations for the site as well as the profession of occupational therapy.

Outcomes. Post-module survey results (n = 5) suggest that the educational materials presented were beneficial to the staff at Options for Women Cornerstone.

Recommendations. Implement occupational therapy services into interdisciplinary teams that address pain during pregnancy, labor, and delivery, as well as postnatal care.