Can J Occup Ther. 2021 Sep 15:84174211022883. doi: 10.1177/00084174211022883. Online ahead of print.
Background. Activity restriction is one of the most common symptoms reported by people living with bronchial asthma. Purpose. The study aimed to determine occupational competence and values in people living with bronchial asthma and compare with the occupational competence and activities of daily living (ADL) of healthy controls. Methods. Twenty individuals with asthma and 20 healthy controls were enrolled. Occupational competence and values were assessed using the Occupational Self-Assessment (OSA) questionnaire. Restriction of ADL was determined using the London Chest ADL Scale. Findings. Occupational competence was lower, and all London Chest ADL scores were significantly higher in asthma individuals compared to controls (p < .05). The most affected parameters reported by asthma individuals on the OSA were the ability to concentrate, perform physical tasks, work toward goals, and use abilities effectively. Implications. Evaluating occupational competence in people living with bronchial asthma is important to identify their occupational problem areas and provide appropriate interventions.
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