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AIDS and Occupational Therapy

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Author(s): Ruiz Garrós, MC | Orihuela, M

Journal: TOG : Revista de Terapia Ocupacional de la APGTO
ISSN 1885-527X

Issue: 1;
Date: 2004;
Original page

Keywords: HIV | Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome | Occupational Therapy | Social Isolation | Substance-Related Disorders | Halfway Houses

ABSTRACT
"When my first hospitalization took place, I must recognize I was plunged into the mistake of identifying AIDS with death, together with the depression, uneasiness, unsecurity and the feeling of inability to plan my life in the short and long term to the point of refusing in my mind to organize things as simple as future holidays or improvements at home".Thanks to retroviral treatments, the initially mortal HIV/AIDS infection has become a chronic disease as it can be today thediabetes, allowing objectives in the short, medium and long term. Here is where the occupational therapy operates as an instrument to improve, keep or rehabilitate the occupational areas of this group which has a series of special features to be borne in mind when working with them.I seek to reflect my 8 months experience working as an occupational therapist in a Refuge Centre for AIDS ill people, and how throughout this experience I changed several of my initial approaches and working methods too.
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