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Living well with rheumatoid arthritis

Squire, Ruth Evelyn ORCID: 2012. Living well with rheumatoid arthritis. Musculoskeletal Care 10 (3) , pp. 127-134. 10.1002/msc.1004

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Purpose The overall aim of this study was to understand the occupational lives of people with rheumatoid arthritis. Further aims were to identify the creative agency that occurs while performing these occupations and to understand the socio-cultural aspects of engaging in valued occupations. Methods Five participants were recruited and various qualitative methods of data collection were engaged, including open interviews, participant observation and gathering occupational diaries. A combination of thematic and narrative analysis was performed. Results Findings uncovered six themes, including; changing occupations; environmental factors count; taking control over occupations; being or becoming normal; people and objects are important; hopes and dreams matter. Subthemes uncovered how individuals constantly adapt and alter their occupations; some radically changing lifestyles for the better, while others work towards regaining occupational control. Meaning of occupations became apparent. People were creative agents. Work and leisure occupations featured strongly. Objects and other individuals were significant factors to individuals when engaging in occupations. People strived to be ‘normal’ in their occupational worlds. Conclusion The implication of these results in relation to professional practice for therapists is that attention should be refocused on the occupational narratives of clients, working with the positive, creative aspects that people are already employing and building on these in areas that might not been seen as traditional, such as work and leisure.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Healthcare Sciences
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Occupational narrative ; Creative agency ; Rheumatoid arthritis
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1478-2189
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Last Modified: 18 Oct 2022 13:46

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