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Occupational therapy, environmental modifications, and pulmonary rehabilitation

Sally Singh and Louise Sewell

in Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease

Second edition

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199591763
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191739149 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199591763.003.0009

Series: Supportive Care Series

Occupational therapy, environmental modifications, and pulmonary rehabilitation

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Occupational therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation share common approaches towards delivery of supportive care. Occupational therapy aims firstly to establish what changes in functional performance would improve the breathless patient's quality of life and then sets about formulating an effective treatment plan. Pulmonary rehabilitation is directed towards achieving specific improvements in functional capacity and thereby improvements in quality of life. Both of these components of supportive care include consideration of the physical and psychological needs of the breathless patient. This chapter discusses patient assessment, common problems in respiratory illness, and adaptations commonly needed by patients with respiratory problems.

Keywords: breathlessness; patient care; occupational therapy; supportive care; respiratory disease

Chapter.  7108 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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