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Research Article  |   May 1985
Use of Simulated Work Testing in Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Case Report
Author Affiliations
  • Nancy A. Wilke, OTR, is a senior therapist, and Lois M. Sheldahl, PhD, is an exercise physiologist; both at Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Center, Veterans Administration Medical Center, Milwaukee, WI 53193. Sheldahl is also an assistant professor of physiology, Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI 53226
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Research Article   |   May 1985
Use of Simulated Work Testing in Cardiac Rehabilitation: A Case Report
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1985, Vol. 39, 327-330. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.5.327
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, May 1985, Vol. 39, 327-330. doi:10.5014/ajot.39.5.327
Abstract

A significant percentage of patients do not return to work after myocardial infarction or coronary artery bypass surgery for nonmedical reasons. These reasons include unwarranted medical restrictions, patient anxiety concerning ability to meet job demands, apprehensive family members, and fearful employers. A case study is presented to illustrate how occupational therapists can enhance a patient’s work potential by using skills in activity analysis to develop simulated work evaluations. Satisfactory performance on a test that closely simulates work demands can help the physician, patient, family, and employer gain confidence in the patient’s ability to return to work.