Master of Occupational Therapy Student Critically Appraised Topics

Faculty Advisor

Anita Witt Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Community Practitioner

Tamara Calhoun, OTD, OTR/L



Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-27-2021


The purpose of this critically appraised topic (CAT) is to investigate early mobilization and its effect on preventing pneumonia in adults in the intensive care unit (ICU). The final portfolio contains four research articles from both national and international journals. Study designs included two meta-analyses, one case series, and one retrospective study. All four of the articles specifically described the effects of early mobilization on individuals in the hospital and ICU and showed positive results in reducing the likelihood of developing pneumonia. This CAT will be used to draft new practice guidelines for mentoring new managers in both occupational therapy and physical therapy.


The accompanying presentation for this poster can be viewed here: Preventing Pneumonia Through Early Mobilization of Critically Ill Adults

113038989-77748067-CAT-Portfolio.pdf (1163 kB)
Project Portfolio



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