Title

Difficulties experienced in areas of occupation of adults aged 40-70 with rheumatoid arthritis residing in Rosario, Cavite

Date of Completion

12-19-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy

Keywords

Arthritis, Rheumatoid, Occupational Diseases

Abstract

The researchers used a quantitative descriptive approach and the numerical data collected were used to describe the difficulties experienced by adults in areas of occupation excluding education. The population of the study are subjects with rheumatoid arthritis residing in Rosario, Cavite, between the ages of 40-70. The method of non-probability sampling, specifically purposive sampling. The researchers were able to administer the survey questionnaire to 35 respondents that were recommended by the Municipal Health Office of Rosario, Cavite. With the use of survey questionnaire adapted from preexisting questionnaires and the Areas of Occupation under Occupational Therapy Practice Framework 3rd edition, the researchers were able to determine how to subjects respond to their occupations. Data was analyzed through frequency and percentage. The researchers have found that the women are commonly affected by the condition. The most affected area of occupation is rest and sleep with most of the adults saying that they have some difficulties in performing this occupation. However, adults also experience much difficulty in activities that are work related, due to the occurrence of the symptoms such as pain and fatigue. Other significant findings of the research is affected participation in leisure activity that some adults find difficulty or unable to do due to rheumatoid arthritis.

First Advisor

Pamela Grace O. Hernandez

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