Living Well with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Musculoskeletal Care, 03/27/2012

Squire R – The implication of these results in relation to professional practice for therapists is that attention should be refocused on the occupational narratives of clients, working with the positive, creative aspects that people are already employing and building on these in areas that might not been seen as traditional, such as work and leisure.


  • Five participants were recruited and various qualitative methods of data collection were engaged, including open interviews, participant observation and gathering occupational diaries.
  • A combination of thematic and narrative analysis was performed.


  • Findings uncovered six themes, including; changing occupations; environmental factors count; taking control over occupations; being or becoming normal; people and objects are important; hopes and dreams matter. Subthemes uncovered how individuals constantly adapt and alter their occupations; some radically changing lifestyles for the better, while others work towards regaining occupational control.
  • Meaning of occupations became apparent. People were creative agents.
  • Work and leisure occupations featured strongly.
  • Objects and other individuals were significant factors to individuals when engaging in occupations.
  • People strived to be ‘normal’ in their occupational worlds.

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