New Zealand Practice Foundations from the NZAOT Archives

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Evidence-based parallels: 4--0

Key words: Best practice, job satisfaction, client-centredness, therapeutic media, rehabilitation, occupation.

Reference: New Zealand Occupational Therapy Newsletter 1 September 1948

Title: Case History

Author: Miss I Murgatroyd, Christchurch Hospital

"A series of medical lectures and demonstrations took place........ on foot conditions........... on Rheumatoid and Osteoarthritis.......... the case of one woman ..."

"She was very badly crippled, the only part we could help with was her hands ... and there was pain.... The first thing she had to do was paper crumbling, twisting and rolling. She had to use both hands to be able to do anything and movements were extremely slow, so it required perseverance, co-operation and much patience on her part to accomplish anything. After some weeks ... she spent time making bread flowers. This gave finer finger movements than before, with added advantage that the finished results were attractive. From there she was able to do many things ... She was in hospital fifteen months, and found the time passed quickly and was finally discharged walking with crutches fairly well".

Title: News from Hammer Springs

Author: Yolande Renner

"Last week six Post Graduates visited ... and we attended a lecture given by Dr Hay. We were very pleased to hear him speak so highly of our work and what a great part it played in helping the type of patients we deal with ... I was only sorry more of our OTs were not there also, as it sort of gave one a feeling that perhaps you were really doing some good after all."

Title: Occupational Therapy as Affecting the Chronic Mental Patient

Author: Betty Naughton

By chronic mental patients I mean those persons ... who will always be inmates of an institution and who previously had always been a burden on society."

"The aim of Occupational Therapy in regard to these patients is to help them live a life as nearly normal as is possible for them, to help readjust their attitude and to help them keep healthy both mentally and physically, for occupation besides helping the body also helps the mind in engaging it to the exclusion of those things which distress it and by utilizing the patient's time, so that they are not given the opportunity to dwell on their symptoms or those of their neighbours and thus help them along the road to their own particular stage of recovery. …