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Research Article  |   April 1983
The Treatment of the Hospice Patient: From Occupational History to Occupational Role
Author Affiliations
  • Kent Nelson Tigges, M.S., OTR, is Associate Professor and Associate Chairman of Occupational Therapy, the State University of New York at Buffalo. He has studied and worked in hospices in England and Scotland, and is the resident consultant for Hospice Buffalo, Inc
  • Lawrence Mark Sherman, M.D., is the physician in charge of home care for Hospice Buffalo, Inc. He is a Board Certified General Surgeon, with an academic appointment of Associate Clinical Professor in the Department of Surgery, the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine
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Research Article   |   April 1983
The Treatment of the Hospice Patient: From Occupational History to Occupational Role
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1983, Vol. 37, 235-238. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.4.235
American Journal of Occupational Therapy, April 1983, Vol. 37, 235-238. doi:10.5014/ajot.37.4.235
Abstract

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.