Research Article
Issue Date: March 1990
Published Online: March 01, 1990
Updated: April 30, 2020
Hemophilia, AIDS, and Occupational Therapy
Author Affiliations
  • Beth Dinah Weinstein, OTS, is a graduate student in the Department of Occupational Therapy, University of Puget Sound, 1500 North Warner, Tacoma, Washington 98416
  • Larkey Sheldon De Neffe is a health care advocate and community volunteer in Portland, Oregon, and has hemophilia
Article Information
Complementary/Alternative Approaches / Practice
Research Article   |   March 01, 1990
Hemophilia, AIDS, and Occupational Therapy
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1990, Vol. 44, 228-232.
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, March 1990, Vol. 44, 228-232.
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This article describes the blood clotting disorder of hemophilia, including its transmission, incidence, and physical and psychosocial effects. The epidemiology of persons with both hemophilia and HIV are discussed, as well as HIV’s rapid spread due to contaminated blood products and the mechanisms commonly used to cope with HIV infection.

Specific suggestions on occupational therapy intervention are provided, including helping clients learn to cope with HIV by transferring skills previously learned for coping with hemophilia; teaching stress reduction, anger management, communication, and energy conservation skills; educating families and helping them set appropriate goals; designing adaptive systems for dealing with neurological deficits; and designing exercise programs.