Increasing Meaningful Occupation for Women Who Provide Care for Their Spouse: A Pilot Study

Patricia Watford, Vanessa Jewell, Karen Atler

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Caregiving for a loved one can be difficult and negatively affect health and quality of life. This pilot mixed-method study explored an intervention to increase participation in meaningful occupation for women who care for their spouse. Participants completed the World Health Organization Quality of Life: Brief Version (WHOQOL-BREF) and Canadian Occupational Performance Measure (COPM). The 4-week intervention consisted of an activity log (Daily Experiences of Pleasure, Productivity, and Restoration Profile) and a reflective journal (Journal of Activities and Experiences). Researchers analyzed data from the reflective journal using content analysis. Preliminary findings showed an increase in the physical health domain (p <.05), and satisfaction with meaningful activities had clinical significance. Qualitative themes included caregiving is a demanding role, writing down experiences helped caregivers take action, and caregivers reorganized daily activities. Although preliminary results showed a positive trend, the intervention was brief, and more research is needed to determine whether greater gains are possible, and can be sustained.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)213-221
Number of pages9
JournalOTJR Occupation, Participation and Health
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • caregivers
  • mixed methods
  • occupational balance
  • older adults
  • women

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy


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