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SP0172 What Can a Occupational Therapist Contribute
  1. I. S. Masselink1
  1. 1Rudolf Magnus Institute of Neuroscience and Center of Excellence for Rehabilitation Medicine, University Medical Center, Utrecht, Netherlands


Occupational therapy is a client-centred health profession concerned with promoting health and well being through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in the activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement.

The occupational therapist involved in care of the individual with rheumatic disease assess and evaluates:

- Activities of Daily Living and Assistive Devices

- Hand Assessment

- Joint Protection and Energy Conservation

- Leisure

- Psychological Wellbeing

- Sexuality, Parenting and Family Relationships

- Splinting

- Employment

This presentation will provide an overview of the contribution of the occupational therapist to treatment of the individual with rheumatic disease.

Disclosure of Interest None Declared

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