Analysis of Symptoms, Functional Impairments, and Participation in Occupational Therapy for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis

Letha J. Mosley, Gregory P. Lee, Mary L. Hughes, Charlotte Chatto

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to identify client factors that may influence physicians' decision to refer individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS) to occupational therapy (OT). Study participants were seen in an MS clinic in which a physician referral was required prior to receipt of OT services. The symptoms and functional impairments of 40 individuals with MS who were either seen or not seen for OT services were compared. Findings show that individuals with MS who were referred to OT reported more difficulties with speaking or swallowing, hand tremors, uncontrolled urinary urgency, weakness of the legs, and performing functional activities than individuals with MS who did not receive OT services. Results also suggest that difficulties in functional mobility, work, community mobility and meal preparation were more likely to prompt OT referral and subsequent therapy for individuals who had attended the MS Clinic than any specific sign or symptom. [Article copies available for a fee from The Haworth Document Delivery Service: 1-800-HAWORTH. E-mail address: 〈docdelivery@haworthpress.com〉 Website: 〈http://www.HaworthPress. com〉

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)27-43
Number of pages17
JournalOccupational Therapy in Health Care
Volume17
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2004

Keywords

  • Activities of daily living
  • Areas of occupation
  • Functional impairments
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Occupational therapy
  • Participation
  • Referral

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Occupational Therapy

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