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Research Article  |   June 1989
Alcohol Abuse and Perceptual-Motor Dysfunction: The Occupational Therapist’s Role
Author Affiliations
  • Julia Van Deusen, PhD, OTR/L, FAOTA, is Associate Professor of Occupational Therapy, University of Florida, Gainesville. (Mailing address: Box J-164, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 32610.)
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Mental Health / Features
Research Article   |   June 1989
Alcohol Abuse and Perceptual-Motor Dysfunction: The Occupational Therapist’s Role
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1989, Vol. 43, 384-390. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.6.384
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, June 1989, Vol. 43, 384-390. doi:10.5014/ajot.43.6.384
Abstract

A review of the literature on perceptual-motor deficits in alcoholic patients is presented. Studies show that there is a relationship between perceptual-motor dysfunction and alcoholism. Because occupational therapists treat perceptual-motor deficits in other kinds of patients, they may have a role in treating these deficits in alcoholic patients as well. To assume such a role, however, occupational therapists must document a relationship between dysfunction in activities of daily living and perceptual-motor dysfunction in the alcoholic patient. Unless such a relationship is established, treatment of perceptual-motor dysfunction in alcoholic patients would not fall within the scope of occupational therapy.