Enabling Participation in Meaningful and Essential Occupations in End-of-Life Care

Deidre Morgan, Kahren White

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    People receiving palliative care are living while they die. Evidence demonstrates that they strive to continue participation in valued and essential occupations at this time of life for as long as possible. Further, emerging research suggests that it is through the process of occupational engagement that people adjust to functional decline at the end of life. Occupational therapists (OTs) play a significant role in optimizing a person’s occupational performance in order to enable participation during this time. Management of symptoms such as refractory breathlessness needs to occur within the context of valued and essential occupational activities.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInternational Handbook of Occupational Therapy Interventions
    Number of pages10
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319081410
    ISBN (Print)9783319081403
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015


    • Breathlessness
    • Optimize
    • Palliative Care
    • Participation


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