Occupational Therapy in Rheumatology: An holistic approach

Springer
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This book is written primarily for occupational therapists and occupational therapy students but will be of relevance to anyone working with clients with rheumatoid disease. It is hoped that the text will communicate the challenge faced by therapists to establish management programmes appropriate to the identified needs and priorities of the individuals with whom they work, the potential to utilize a wide range of skills and the opportunity to contribute to the understanding of the many unanswered questions which remain in relation to rheumatic diseases. The aim of this book is to present an holistic approach to the management of rheumatoid disease, considering first, the ways in which rheumatoid disease can affect a person's life and then looking at the approaches and techniques used by therapists to minimize these effects. This approach has been chosen as it is fundamental to both the philosophical basis of occupational therapy and the manage ment of a chronic progressive disease. An holistic approach considers the physical, psychological, social and spiritual aspects of a person and the ways in which these have been effected by an underlying disease process. Each of the components are interrelated, illustrating the complexity of establishing appropriate management programmes and evaluating their effectiveness. The first two chapters consider the effects of rheumatoid disease on clients and their families. An holistic approach identifies the need for a diversity of skills to be available to both the therapist and client.
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Springer
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Published on
Dec 20, 2013
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Pages
201
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ISBN
9781489930811
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English
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Genres
Medical / Allied Health Services / Occupational Therapy
Medical / Education & Training
Medical / Rheumatology
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Rheumatology Practice in Occupational Therapy: Promoting Lifestyle Management is a valuable new
handbook focusing on rheumatology, a core area of occupational therapy practice. It provides practical guidance to help occupational therapists treat and manage rheumatic conditions in both clinical and community settings and emphasises a contemporary ‘client-centred’ approach as a fundamental requirement of effective and rewarding occupational therapy practice.

Drawing upon personal, clinical and theoretical perspectives, Rheumatology Practice in Occupational Therapy equips the reader with an understanding of the relevant practical skills and of the clinical reasoning required to modify and apply these skills to the needs of individual people. Written by experts from occupational therapy, sociology and psychology, this book addresses the need to adapt occupational therapy interventions to each client’s own experience of living with a rheumatic condition and develops the reader’s understanding of key theoretical and clinical approaches to person-centred management.

Rheumatology Practice in Occupational Therapy is essential reading for all occupational therapists helping people with rheumatic conditions in hospital and community settings, and for students preparing for practice. It will also be of interest to other healthcare professionals working with people with these conditions.

• Includes personal narratives of people trying to live their lives within the context of a debilitating condition

• Promotes understanding of key theoretical and clinical approaches to person-centred management

• Written by authors with extensive experience in clinical and research contexts

• Offers practical resource sections at the end of each chapter

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