Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review
Language: 
English
Short Title: 
Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVE: We reviewed the efficacy of occupational therapy-related interventions for adults with rheumatoid arthritis. METHOD: We examined 51 Level I studies (19 physical activity, 32 psychoeducational) published 2000-2014 and identified from five databases. Interventions that focused solely on the upper or lower extremities were not included. RESULTS: Findings related to key outcomes (activities of daily living, ability, pain, fatigue, depression, self-efficacy, disease symptoms) are presented. Strong evidence supports the use of aerobic exercise, resistive exercise, and aquatic therapy. Mixed to limited evidence supports dynamic exercise, Tai Chi, and yoga. Among the psychoeducation interventions, strong evidence supports the use of patient education, self-management, cognitive-behavioral approaches, multidisciplinary approaches, and joint protection, and limited or mixed evidence supports the use of assistive technology and emotional disclosure. CONCLUSION: The evidence supports interventions within the scope of occupational therapy practice for rheumatoid arthritis, but few interventions were occupation based.

Author(s): 
Siegel, Patricia
Tencza, Melissa
Apodaca, Beverly
Poole, Janet L.
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association
Journal Abbreviation: 
Am J Occup Ther
Publication Date: 
2017-02
Publication Year: 
2017
Pages: 
7101180050p1-7101180050p11
Volume: 
71
Issue: 
1
ISSN: 
0272-9490
DOI: 
10.5014/ajot.2017.023176
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 28027042

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Patricia Siegel, Melissa Tencza, Beverly Apodaca and Janet L. Poole. 2017-02. "Effectiveness of Occupational Therapy Interventions for Adults With Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Systematic Review." The American Journal of Occupational Therapy: Official Publication of the American Occupational Therapy Association 71: 1: 7101180050p1-7101180050p11. 10.5014/ajot.2017.023176.

Wikipedia Citation

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