Kent Nelson Tigges, Lawrence Mark Sherman; The Treatment of the Hospice Patient: From Occupational History to Occupational Role. Am J Occup Ther 1983;37(4):235-238. doi: 10.5014/ajot.37.4.235.
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The nature of hospice care, particularly from the point of view of the occupational therapist, is presented in respect to the treatment of a 26-year-old patient. This case study demonstrates the role of the occupational therapist in helping a patient deal with his feelings of isolation, in helping him cope with severe physical limitations to maintain a maximum level of independence, and in helping him to deal with relationships with his fiance, family, and friends. The reader is given a sense of the quality of communication between therapist and patient. Finally, a view of what the therapist can expect realistically when offering hospice care is considered.
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