Master of Occupational Therapy Student Critically Appraised Topics

Faculty Advisor

Anita Witt Mitchell, PhD, OTR, FAOTA

Community Practitioner

Sandy Fletchall, OTR/L, CHT, MPA, FAOTA



Document Type


Publication Date

Spring 5-27-2021


The purpose of this critically appraised topic (CAT) is to provide the highest quality of evidence available on the implementation of exercise interventions in the early burn rehabilitation phase in adult burn victims. This portfolio contains four peer-reviewed research articles from national and international journals. The study designs include one systematic review and meta analyses, one retrospective cohort study and two randomized control trials. These articles covered three types of exercise interventions including resistance training, mobility training, and physiotherapy. Overall, the clinical bottom line of this CAT is that exercise interventions in early burn rehabilitation may be effective in improving upper extremity function, muscle strength, range of motion, quality of life, and decreasing length of stay and inflammation. Further research is needed to determine the effects of early exercise interventions in adults in the burn ICU.


The accompanying presentation for this poster can be viewed here: Exercise Interventions for Adults with Burn Injuries

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Team 7 Project Portfolio


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