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Occupational therapy

Prior, Yeliz; Adams, Joanne; Hammond, Alison


Joanne Adams


David L. Scott

James Galloway

Andrew Cope

Arthur Pratt

Vibeke Strand


People with rheumatoid arthritis can find it painful, tiring, and frustrating to perform their daily activities, work, family and social responsibilities, and leisure. While 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; 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 maximize 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.


Prior, Y., Adams, J., & Hammond, A. (2020). Occupational therapy. In D. L. Scott, J. Galloway, A. Cope, A. Pratt, & V. Strand (Eds.), Oxford Textbook of Rheumatoid Arthritis (311-320). Oxford University Press.

Publication Date 2020-09
Deposit Date Aug 2, 2023
Publisher Oxford University Press
Pages 311-320
Book Title Oxford Textbook of Rheumatoid Arthritis
ISBN 9780198831433