Outcomes of Occupational Therapy and Ergonomics Applications

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Occupational Therapy, through their interventions, enable people to regain health as well as function (Edwards, 1997). Active engagement in a variety of occupations promotes and maintains physical, cognitive and emotional health. Conversely, the lack of engagement in occupational roles leads to deterioration and dysfunction (Kielhofner, 1992). Occupational therapists also incorporate into their interventions the understanding that engagement in occupations affects quality of life. We collaborate with other practitioners to design occupations that lead to accomplishment, mastery, and a sense of purpose and meaning in life.

Hence, occupational therapy services achieve outcomes that are important to the client, such as

1) Occupational performance: areas and components,
2) prevention of injury or disability in daily living and work,
3) General health: symptom status improvement, enhanced development to
4) achieve quality of life and satisfaction in client, family, caregiver, referral source(s).
5) Quality of life (QOL) is defined as inclusive of meeting the purposes participation as a member of a community, achieving a balanced and positive emotional well-being, sleep and rest, energy and vitality as well as life satisfaction

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How do we brand and market ourselves? We pride in taking and making important therapeutic use of purposeful and meaningful occupations, meaning which we take a client centered approach to achieve what's really important and close to heart to our clients. Once we identified the physical and social environment, we devise modifications and adaptations of environments and processes to enhance functional performance in occupations for the promotion of health and wellness through engagement in valued occupations.

Occupational therapists are trained in graded tasks and activities as prerequisites to engagement in occupations; being able to design, fabrication, application, or training in the use of assistive technology or orthotic devices and training in the use of prosthetic devices as well as to employ the use and application of physical modalities as an adjunct to or in preparation in occupations. Lastly my area of interest is the application ergonomic principles to the performance of occupations be it at an individual scale or corporation to reduce injuries, minimises unplanned absences and maximising productivity at the levels of people, physical environment and processes of work.

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Nigel is the Principle Occupational Therapist, founding director of private practice UrbanRehab (previously known as TherapyWerkz). A clinician by practice and training, he has teamed up with Louise, a UK-trained physiotherapist to provide more holistic and wholesome rehabilitation programs to individuals, institutions of care and to industries whose employee are at risk of sustaining injuries.

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This article was published on 2010/03/30