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Chapter 26 : Occupational therapy

Hammond, A; Adams, J; Prior, Y

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J Adams


DL Scott

J Galloway

A Cope

A Pratt

V Strand


People with rheumatoid arthritis can find it painful, tiring and frustrating to perform their daily activities, work, family and social responsibilities, and leisure. Whilst drug therapy has improved outcomes, many still experience limitations in their daily lives. Occupational therapy aims to:
• improve clients’ abilities to perform their activities and participate in their social roles;
• reduce pain and fatigue;
• improve or maintain physical function;
• improve or maintain psychological status;
• help people self-manage their condition successfully and adapt to changes in their lifestyle;
• and achieve a healthy work and personal life balance.

People with participation restrictions have poorer psychological and physical outcomes. Helping people participate in their roles, as and when they wish to, is an important part of rehabilitation to maximise clients’ quality of life. Occupational therapists use a wide range of educational, physical, social, psychological and work-related interventions to help people live their lives as successfully as possible.


Hammond, A., Adams, J., & Prior, Y. (2020). Chapter 26 : Occupational therapy. In D. Scott, J. Galloway, A. Cope, A. Pratt, & V. Strand (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Oxford: Oxford University Press

Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2020
Publication Date Sep 17, 2020
Deposit Date Aug 19, 2020
Publicly Available Date Sep 17, 2021
Publisher Oxford University Press
Book Title Oxford Textbook of Rheumatoid Arthritis
ISBN 9780198831433-(print);-9780192567116-(ebook)
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Ch 26 Occupational Therapy in Oxford Textbook Rheumatology AHammond J Adams Y Prior accepted text Jan 2020.pdf (384 Kb)

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