Research Article  |   January 2014
Systematic Review of Occupational Therapy–Related Interventions for People With Multiple Sclerosis: Part 2. Impairment
Author Affiliations
  • Chih-Huang Yu, MSc (OT), OT (Taiwan), is PhD Student, Rehabilitation Science Program, University of Minnesota, MMC 388, 420 Delaware Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455; cyu0121@gmail.com
  • Virgil Mathiowetz, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Article Information
Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Evidence-Based Practice / Neurologic Conditions / Special Issue on Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy—Related Interventions for Neurodegenerative Diseases
Research Article   |   January 2014
Systematic Review of Occupational Therapy–Related Interventions for People With Multiple Sclerosis: Part 2. Impairment
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2014, Vol. 68, 33-38. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.008680
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, January/February 2014, Vol. 68, 33-38. doi:10.5014/ajot.2014.008680
Abstract

This article is the second part of a systematic review of studies on occupational therapy–related intervention for people with multiple sclerosis (MS). The objective of this systematic review was to critically appraise and synthesize the applicable findings to address the following focused question: What is the evidence for the effectiveness of interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice for people with multiple sclerosis? Part 1 (Yu & Mathiowetz, 2014) reviewed evidence for the effectiveness of activity- and participation-based interventions for people with MS. In contrast to the top-down approach, enabling occupational performance can be achieved through remediating impaired personal abilities. Therefore, Part 2 focuses on occupational therapy interventions targeting impairment. Studies included in this review focused on improving client factors and performance skills in people with MS, including cognition, emotional regulation, and motor and praxis skills.