DISCUSSION RESPONSE 1
I agree with theassertion that building therapeutic relationships is the mostimportant factor in ensuring treatment outcomes. In this regard, itis critical for an occupational therapist to enhance collaborationwith the patient (Taylor, Lee, & Kielhofner, 2011). Besides,proper use of the international relationship model contributes tooccupational engagement. I also concur with the decision to cultivateempathy for the client’s condition. Consequently, the patient canlearn to overcome negative thoughts and speech. Furthermore,revealing personal details to the client would cultivate trustbetween the client and the occupational therapist (Taylor, Lee, &Kielhofner, 2011). Many clients feel that other people cannotunderstand their situation. Therefore, it is essential to offerfrequent words of comfort. For example, positive outcomes wererealized in Mr. Kelley’s case since the therapist took personalinterest. Involving a client in setting goals also helps to buildconfidence in and commitment to therapy.
Indeed, patientsdiagnosed with chronic disabling conditions pass through three stagesbefore accepting their limitations (Cara & MacRae, 2013). Thefirst stage requires the client to understand the impairment.Subsequently, the patient should adjust her schedule andresponsibilities to avoid weakening her body. In this respect, theclient must hold discussions with family members and employers todetermine the level of work that would be manageable with hercondition. Eventually, an occupational therapist would strive to helpthe client accept their condition (Cara & MacRae, 2013). Forexample, patients that adapt to physical disabilities require thesupport of an OT practitioner. I also agree that evaluation toolssuch as the Mini Mental Status could be used to discover the extentof Mr. Kelley’s limitations before embarking on interventions.
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