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Occupational Therapy Treatment of Chronic Pain and Use of Assistive Devices in Older Adults

Klinger, L. MScOT; Spaulding, Sandi J. PhD

Topics in Geriatric Rehabilitation: March 2001 - Volume 16 - Issue 3 - p 34-44
Pain Assessment and Management: Multidisciplinary Approaches
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Occupational therapy can enable older individuals with chronic pain to increase participation in everyday activity. Intervention requires knowledge of issues related to assessment and treatment of chronic pain in older adults. Prescription of assistive devices is an important aspect of such therapy. A small exploratory study was conducted with 30 older individuals with chronic pain from lower extremity osteoarthritis to determine what assistive devices they had and how these devices were obtained. Most devices had been obtained without the assistance of a professional. Early occupational therapy intervention to prescribe assistive devices and to provide strategies to remain active despite pain may be beneficial.

Instructor; School of Occupational Therapy; The University of Western Ontario; London, Ontario

Associate Professor; School of Occupational Therapy; The University of Western Ontario; London, Ontario

We thank Dr JT Biehn, Dr W Grainger, and The Arthritis Society, Southwestern Ontario Region, for their assistance; and Ms Nikki Petrie and Ms Lynne Helwig for formatting and layout. This research was conducted in partial fulfillment of the degree of Master of Science, Occupational Therapy, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada, by L Klinger.

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