HOME >> MEDICINE >> NEWS
Occupational therapy is cost effective, significantly improves quality of life for seniors

LOS ANGELES, August 19, 2002- Preventive occupational therapy is a cost-effective health care intervention for independent-living senior citizens, according to a University of Southern California study published this month in the Journal of American Geriatrics Society.

Conducted by leading health care economists, biostatisticians and occupational therapy scholars, the study is the first to measure the impact of preventive occupational therapy on the "well elderly."

Study participants reported marked improvements in their quality of life, including better physical and emotional well-being. Data collected from the study also identified a trend toward decreased medical costs resulting from the need for fewer physician visits and prescription drugs.

"Occupational therapy is highly cost-effective and a much better use of scarce health care resources than many other interventions routinely prescribed for senior citizens, which may have a marginal benefit to the overall health of the patient," said Joel Hay, Ph.D., lead author of the study and associate professor of pharmaceutical economics and policy of the USC School of Pharmacy. "We held the treatment up against the industry standard for measuring cost-effectiveness, comparing it to therapies such as heart bypass surgery and breast cancer chemotherapy. We demonstrated that occupational therapy is an enormous value for the money."

The 15-month "Well-Elderly Study" involved three groups of culturally diverse, independent adults over the age of 60 who lived in federally subsidized housing in Los Angeles. One group participated in an occupational therapy life-style redesign program; an active control group engaged in organized activities, but did not receive occupational therapy; and the third group received no intervention. "What is particularly important is the significant quality-of-life improvements that the occupational therapy group reported were achieved without increasing health
'"/>

Contact: Jon Weiner
jonweine@usc.edu
323-442-2830
University of Southern California
19-Aug-2002


Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Is your job giving you a heart attack? Occupational health conference answers that, and more
2. Study shows patch therapy may be as effective as oral medications
3. Novel therapy tested in mice could chase away cat allergies
4. Drug therapy may be comparable to invasive cardiac procedures for elderly patients with heart attack
5. Risk of cardiac death after radiotherapy for breast cancer has declined, study finds
6. Antiretroviral therapy may prevent excess risk of some cancers in people with HIV
7. Bevacizumab combined with chemotherapy prolongs survival for some patients with advanced lung cancer
8. Breakthrough in medical research: New chemotherapy gives hope to brain tumour patients
9. Two years after gene therapy treatments, severe angina patients showed prolonged clinical benefit
10. Combining PET and CT scans leads to more accurate radiation therapy for lung cancer patients
11. Cognitive behavioral therapy and medication is effective in the treatment of panic disorder

Post Your Comments:
(Date:10/19/2014)... Hastings and Hastings, a Phoenix personal injury law firm ... Phoenix area and across Arizona reports record demand in ... accidents. Statistics have indicated a steady increase in automobile ... Hastings and Hastings has seen a steady increase in ... been injured through no fault of their own that ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... (PRWEB) October 19, 2014 Dr. Babatunde ... Fund, welcomes news of a ceasefire agreement that is ... than 200 girls who were kidnapped from the north-eastern ... languished in captivity long enough, and it is high ... communities," stated Dr. Osotimehin. , "We owe it to ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... 20, 2014 Recently, Top10BestSEOHosting.com has ... that JustHost, GoDaddy and HostMonster are the best ... (Virtual Private Server) is the method of partitioning ... of which has the appearance and capabilities of ... why the site pays close attention to VPS ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... October 19, 2014 Visual Impact ... has just been released to the public generating ... body building and fitness community. The commotion surrounding ... DietsAndFitnessGuides.com's Vin Delmonico prompting an investigative review. , ... hitting what is commonly known as a training ...
(Date:10/19/2014)... spondylitis is a systemic disease that causes inflammation ... have affected members of the ancient Egyptian royal ... Arthritis & Rheumatology , a journal of the ... finding instead a degenerative spinal condition called diffuse ... from the 18th to early 20th Dynasties. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Hastings And Hastings Reports Record Demand In 2014 For Legal Representation With Regard To Catastrophic Automobile Accidents 2Health News:Hastings And Hastings Reports Record Demand In 2014 For Legal Representation With Regard To Catastrophic Automobile Accidents 3Health News:The Best VPS Hosting Suppliers In The Market Unveiled By Top10BestSEOHosting.com 2Health News:Visual Impact Frequency Training Review: Rusty Moore's Latest Fitness Guide Released 2Health News:Mummy remains refute antiquity of ankylosing spondylitis 2
(Date:10/17/2014)... 2014  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) today ... M.D., president of Gladstone Institutes and Gladstone,s Robert W. ... "We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sandy Williams ... Bradway , chairman and chief executive officer of Amgen. ... and his direct experience in our industry will both ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... 17, 2014 ... ) has announced the addition of ... American Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Market" ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20130307/600769) ,The report North American Automated ... market of devices based upon following ...
(Date:10/17/2014)... -- UBM Medica US announces that Endocrinology Network , ... who treat patients with type 2 diabetes ... insulin .  Nearly all patients with ... – daily injections of one or more insulin formulations—to ... of pancreatic beta cells. Insulin is a very effective ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Amgen Announces Appointment Of R. Sanders Williams To Board Of Directors 2Amgen Announces Appointment Of R. Sanders Williams To Board Of Directors 3Micro Market Monitor : North American Automated External Defibrillators (AED) Market 2Endocrinology Network Features Special Coverage on Effective Use of Insulin 2Endocrinology Network Features Special Coverage on Effective Use of Insulin 3
Cached News: