Occupational Therapy

Read the following information.

Free OET Writing Sample Test with Answer Subtest Occupational Therapy #4

Notes: Assume that today's date is 15 December 2023

You are an occupational therapist at Valley Senior Care Center. You have prepared the following notes for a referring doctor.


Name: Margaret Smith (Mrs.)
DOB: 8 June 1935
Address: 789 Maple Avenue, Valleyville
Marital Status: Widowed
Occupation: Retired schoolteacher
Referring Doctor: Dr. James Anderson, Valleyville

Case Notes
Medical History: Mrs. Smith has been diagnosed with osteoarthritis, which has caused pain and stiffness in her knees and hands. She experiences difficulty with mobility, joint pain, and challenges in performing daily tasks independently.

Response to Problem: Mrs. Smith is determined to maintain her independence and continue living in her own home. She seeks assistance to manage her arthritis symptoms and improve her quality of life.

Occupational Performance:
Self Care: Requires assistance with bathing and dressing.
Domestic: Struggles with household chores like cooking and cleaning.
Leisure: Enjoys reading and knitting but is finding it increasingly challenging due to joint pain.
Mrs. Smith is active in her community and participates in local senior group activities.

15 Dec 2023
Plan for Improvement:

Develop a personalized exercise regimen to improve joint mobility and strength.
Provide adaptive equipment and strategies for daily living activities.
Offer pain management techniques, including heat therapy and pain-relief exercises.
Recommend assistive devices to support knitting and reading.
Collaborate with community senior groups to ensure Mrs. Smith's continued participation.
Regularly assess her progress and adjust the treatment plan to address her evolving needs.

Writing Task:

You are taking a 2 week vacation. Using the information given in the case notes, write a letter to the referring doctor, updating him on your assessment, recommendations and plan. Address the letter to Dr. James Anderson, 15 Canterlane Drive, Valleyville. 
In your answer:
? Expand the relevant notes into complete sentences
? Do not use note form
? Use letter format
The body of the letter should be approximately 180–200 words.

Dr. James Anderson

15 Canterlane Drive



Re: Mrs. Margaret Smith (DOB - 8 June 1935)


Dear Dr. Anderson,


I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to provide you with an update on our patient, Mrs. Margaret Smith, who has been under our care at Valley Senior Care Center.

Mrs. Smith's medical history reveals a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, resulting in pain and stiffness in her knees and hands, which significantly impacts her daily life. Despite these challenges, she is determined to maintain her independence and continue residing in her own home. Her goal is to effectively manage her arthritis symptoms and enhance her overall quality of life. In developing a personalized treatment plan for Mrs. Smith, we've incorporated various key components.

A customized exercise regimen has been designed to enhance joint mobility and strength, with the aim of alleviating pain and promoting independence in daily tasks. Additionally, Mrs. Smith is equipped with adaptive tools and strategies tailored to facilitate activities such as bathing, dressing, cooking, and cleaning. To manage discomfort effectively, we've introduced specific pain-relief exercises and heat therapy. Recognizing Mrs. Smith's passion for knitting and reading, we've recommended assistive devices that cater to her individual needs. Moreover, acknowledging her active involvement in local senior group activities, we are collaborating with community senior groups to ensure sustained engagement and social interaction. 

I would like to inform you that I will be on a two-week vacation starting from 20th December. During my absence, my colleague, Mr. Clark Holland, will be overseeing Mrs. Smith's care to ensure the continuity of her treatment and progress monitoring.

Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Clark Holland if you have any questions or require further information regarding Mrs. Smith's progress or treatment plan. I will be back in the office on January 3rd and will provide you with a comprehensive update upon my return.

Thank you for your trust in our care for Mrs. Smith.


Yours sincerely,

Occupational Therapist

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