The Role of Occupational Therapy in Rural Healthcare: A Case Study on Farmers with Disabilities

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2004
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Coles, Jennifer
O'Hare, Megan
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University of Hawaii at Manoa -- Center on Disability Studies
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The impact of disability on farmers' personal affairs and work capacity has consequences not only on farmers, but also on their families, farm operations, and communities. Living in a rural area can play a role in recovery after disease or injury in that beneficial therapy services may not be available due to barriers such as meeting the needs of a widespread population, lack of physician referral, and travel time. To gain the perspective of the impact of disability on farmers' lives, face-to-face interviews were conducted with two farmers in rural Nebraska. Through these discussions five similar themes emerged which include: adaptations, safety, family assistance, therapy services, and specialty services.
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Rural Health, Occupational Therapy, Farming Injury
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Coles, J. & O'Hare, M. (2004). The Role of Occupational Therapy in Rural Healthcare: A Case Study on Farmers with Disabilities. Review of Disability Studies: An International Journal, 1(1).
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