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Palliative Care in Amyotrophic Lateral SclerosisFrom Diagnosis to Bereavement, 3rd Edn$
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David Oliver, Gian Domenico Borasio, and Wendy Johnston

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686025

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686025.001.0001

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Multidisciplinary care: occupational therapy

Multidisciplinary care: occupational therapy

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(p.203) Chapter 13 Multidisciplinary care: occupational therapy
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Palliative Care in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis
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Chris Kingsnorth

Sarah Lavender

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686025.003.0013

Occupational therapy (OT) intervention in patients with ALS covers a broad scope of the person’s life and occupations. This includes activities of daily living, such as self-care, work, and leisure throughout the changing demands put on the patient and their carers by the rapid progress of the disease. This chapter aims to give an overview of the domains of concern and ideas and examples of how OT can help individual patients function in the activities that are important to them. Topics covered include environment, mobility (including wheelchairs), transfers, hand function, posture, social communication and suggestions for some of the assistive technology that is available to help patients and their carers.

Keywords:   occupational therapy, activities of daily living, self care, wheelchair mobility, sitting posture, hand function, work, equipment

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