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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease$
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Sam H. Ahmedzai and Martin F. Muers

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780192631411

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.001.0001

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Occupational therapy and environmental modifications

Occupational therapy and environmental modifications

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(p.249) Chapter 15 Occupational therapy and environmental modifications
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Supportive Care in Respiratory Disease
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Sam H. Ahmedzai (Contributor Webpage)

Martin F. Muers

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192631411.003.0015

This chapter examines the role of occupational therapy in the management and treatment of dyspnoea. It explains that the objective of occupational therapy is first to establish what changes in functional performance would improve the breathless patient's quality of life, and to then set about formulating an effective treatment plan. Specific interventions such as anxiety management and relaxation training may be essential in helping the breathless patient to maintain some control over their condition. The chapter also suggests that the role of the occupational therapist will be increasingly recognised in the supportive management of the chronically breathless patient, particularly if the revised World Health Organization (WHO) classifications of disease are adopted.

Keywords:   occupational therapy, dyspnoea, functional performance, anxiety management, relaxation training, WHO, disease classification

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