South African Journal of Occupational Therapy
On-line version ISSN 2310-3833
Print version ISSN 0038-2337
GRADIDGE, Katherine; CASTELEIJN, Daleen and FRANZSEN, Denise. Using the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework-ll to treat a rare condition - brain abscess and empyema. S. Afr. j. occup. ther. [online]. 2013, vol.43, n.2, pp.33-38. ISSN 2310-3833.
Brain abscess and Empyema are potentially disabling conditions with lifelong consequences, yet there is a paucity of literature on occupational therapy assessment and treatment of these patients. A recent record review found that the most important presenting problems were neuro- musculoskeletal, movement and mental deficits. Based on this review, and the lack of literature on the guidelines for assessment and treatment of these conditions, the need for an occupational therapy practice guideline was established. The Occupational Therapy Practice Framework- II was used as a scaffold to draw up a guideline that will give occupational therapy clinicians working with this group of rare conditions a guideline for rehabilitation priorities for intervention.
Keywords : Brain abscess; empyema; Occupational Therapy Practice Framework II; clinical practice guidelines.