• Vol. 27 No. 1, 120–121
  • 15 January 1998

The Role of Occupational Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Management



Occupational therapy has been defined as the science of eliciting adaptive responses characterised by prescription of purposeful activities that are goal-orientated to maximise independence and functional life skills in disability management. The scope of its intervention in the rehabilitation of rheumatoid arthritis is outlined with an overview of literature update on patient education.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a systemic disease characterised by remissions and exacerbations that vary in severity and timing among people. Its chronic and degenerative course makes it imperative that a philosophy of maintaining the patient’s physical, psychological, and functional abilities as long as possible through an ongoing carefully planned treatment programme be practised.

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