The role of occupational therapy for individuals living with sickle cell disease

Tishana Terry-Ann Henry, Florida International University


The purpose of the research study was to determine the role occupational therapy plays in the management of sickle cell disease (SCD). A descriptive survey was administered to 39 persons living with or caring for persons living with SCD. This survey was administered at two sickle cell foundations and one hospital. ^ The research study determined that none of the 10.3% of the sample who had rehabilitative therapy received occupational therapy. Furthermore, at least 50% of persons surveyed agreed that SCD affected their activities of daily living; at least 38.5% agreed that work and productive activities were hampered; and at least 18% agreed that play/leisure activities were affected. No one within the sample received gene therapy. ^ It was concluded that occupational therapy is relevant for persons who are disabled by SCD. It is recommended that occupational therapists realize the importance of treating patients with SCD from a more holistic perspective. ^

Subject Area

Health Sciences, Rehabilitation and Therapy

Recommended Citation

Tishana Terry-Ann Henry, "The role of occupational therapy for individuals living with sickle cell disease" (January 1, 2002). ProQuest ETD Collection for FIU. Paper AAI1409100.

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