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Occupational Therapy Practice and Research with Persons with Multiple Sclerosis
Edited by Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OT(C), OTR(L)

Book Details:
Published: 2004
Pages: 148
ISBN: 0-7890-2380-6 (Hardcover); 0-7890-2381-4 (Softcover)
Price: $39.95 (Hardcover); $19.95 (Softcover)

Editorial Review by Cindy Gackle, OTR/L:
I think this book will find its home as a very useful resource with the clinician who is interested in a holistic, statistically valid treatment approach that addresses meaningful and increased ADL functioning in this specialized area of treatment with a special population of people. This composite of current research studies focuses on occupational therapy related treatment areas of occupation with persons with multiple sclerosis. The summaries of research articles conducted are varied. The titles of research studies include:

  • Multiple Perspectives on the Health Service Need, Use, and Variability Among Older Adults with Multiple Sclerosis;
  • Analysis of Symptoms, Functional Impairments and Participation in Occupational Therapy for Individuals with Multiple Sclerosis;
  • Self-Report Assessment of Fatigue in Multiple Sclerosis;
  • The Effect of Wheelchair Use on the Quality of Life of Persons with Multiple Sclerosis;
  • Interference of Upper Limb Tremor on Daily Life Activities in People with Multiple Sclerosis;
  • Developing and Implementing Lifestyle Management Programs with People with Multiple Sclerosis;
  • In Their Own Words: Coping Processes Among Women Aging with Multiple Sclerosis.

The statistical data is noteworthy and indicates the efficacy of occupational therapy. It is an excellent resource with meaningful data and multiple references that will assist clinicians with treatment planning. I perceive that this book may also serve as a spark and encourage others to engage in further research in related treatment areas with multiple sclerosis.

About the Editor:
Marcia Finlayson, PhD, OT(C), OTR/L, is Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at the University Of Illinois at Chicago. She received her baccalaureate degree in Medical Rehabilitation (Occupational Therapy) in 1987 from the University of Manitoba, and then worked in a variety of hospital and community settings primarily serving with older adults. She returned to the University of Manitoba to complete and MSc and PhD in the Department of Community Health Sciences, finishing her studies in 1999.

About the Reviewer:
Cindy Gackle, OTR/L is a staff occupational therapist with Fairview-University Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN. She received her B.S. in Occupational Therapy from the University of North Dakota in 1979.

Cindy has worked in long-term care, acute rehabilitation, home health and in-patient acute care. Her work for the past six years has focused on treatment of patients with multiple sclerosis through the Fairview MS Center.

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