Addressing Delirium with Conservative Interventions: The Role of Occupational Therapy


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Chloe Vollmer, OTD

Chloe Flynt Vollmer graduated from the University of Florida’s Doctor of Occupational Therapy Program in 2022. Chloe’s Level II fieldwork experiences were in acute care and outpatient hand therapy. Working with patients with delirium in her acute care Level II fieldwork sparked an interest in this population, leading to the development of this continuing education course focusing on the role of OT in addressing delirium as her capstone project. She is passionate about interdisciplinary collaboration, evidence-based care, advocacy for patients with delirium, advancing the role of occupational therapy in primary care, and working with underserved populations.

Anna B Galloway

Anna B Galloway P-OTD, MOT, OTR/L, MT-BC

Clinical Assistant Professor

Anna currently works as a Clinical Assistant Professor for The University of Florida’s Department of Occupational Therapy and serves as the faculty coordinator for the student-run Occupational Therapy Equal Access Clinic (OT EAC). She is a licensed and registered Occupational Therapist and a board certified Music Therapist. Anna completed her bachelor’s of science in music therapy at The University of Alabama and worked for several years in the greater Chicagoland area. As a music therapist, she worked as a member of multiple rehabilitation teams for stroke recovery, Alzheimer’s/dementia, TBI, SCI, mental/behavioral health, and hospice care. She received her master’s degree and her post-professional clinical doctorate in occupational therapy (OTD) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). For her doctoral project, she created a continuing education course, Intentional Use of Music within the Occupational Therapy Scope of Practice, where she defined appropriate uses of music within the OT scope of practice and effective ways to increase collaboration with music therapists. This dissertation evaluated self-efficacy of each participant pre-, post-, and one-month after the implementation of this course. As an occupational therapist, Anna has worked extensively in acute care (cardiac, pulmonary, neuro, vascular, oncology, transplant), inpatient and outpatient mental and behavioral health, and end of life/palliative care. Anna is also a certified leader for Stanford’s Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

Anna received the Superior Accomplishment Award in 2023 for Health Science Center Division. This award was given based on her accomplishments related to the Occupational Therapy Equal Access Clinic.

This course is designed to inform listeners about what delirium is, why it is important, how to identify it, and what evidence-based conservative interventions exist which rehabilitation professionals can utilize to address delirium. This course specifically discusses how occupational therapists have a unique and essential role in addressing delirium.

Target Audience

This course is well-suited for occupational therapists with an interest in delirium as well as other professionals with a background in rehabilitation.

Educational Level

Intermediate: Information is geared to practitioners with a general working knowledge of rehabilitation and service delivery. Focus is on a basic understanding and application of the subject matter.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this course, learners will be able to:

  • Identify delirium based on its key characteristics and presentation.
  • Articulate why it’s important to address delirium.
  • Gain a general understanding of risk factors associated with delirium.
  • Gain a general understanding of how to identify delirium through assessment.
  • Understand how to use conservative interventions to address delirium.

Completion Requirements

1 Contact Hour for State of Florida Occupational Therapy practitioners will be awarded upon a successful completion of a multiple choice post-test. Participants will be able to print a certificate of completion after completing a short course evaluation in addition to the post-test.

Disclosure Statement

Instructor have stated that they have not received funding to support this training.

Instructional Methods

One (1) hour course during which the learner will view a streaming video presentation, reference PowerPoint® slides, and take a multiple choice post-test.


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