Now What?: A Patient's Guide to Recovery After Mastectomy
Amy Curran Baker, MA OTR/L with Marybeth Curran Brown, RN and Linda Curran, MSN, APNP
In 2008, Amy Curran Baker, MA, OTR/L (NYU '95, '97) was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. Within three weeks of being diagnosed she underwent a bilateral mastectomy and was on the road to recovery. But after the surgery she had a lot of questions, the same that most women will have. As an Occupational Therapist, Amy knew many of the answers from her own clinical training but she also realized that there was no single, concise patient education/rehabilitation resource that women could turn to after breast surgery. Now she and her co-authors, both nurses, have brought together the answers to the questions that women face in chapters that cover everything from how to prepare for going to the hospital to when you come home, Amy and her co-authors cover:
- the emotional and physical impact of breast cancer and mastectomy
- post-surgical self-care, caring for children, home management, going back to work
- drain care, wound care, scar massage
- bed mobility
- understanding precautions and post-surgical instructions
- energy conservation
- post-surgical exercise
Although everyone's experience is slightly different depending upon one's individual choice: mastectomy alone or mastectomy with reconstruction; the majority of the information applies to all women who had a mastectomy.
Now What? is the first resource to provide all the information that women need after mastectomy and breast reconstruction surgery so that they can focus on what matters most: healing and staying well.
Contents: Introduction, 1. Making the Difficult Decisions, 2. Now What?, 3. After-care, Recovery and Complications, 4. Voices, 5. The Forms You Will Need
Social Participation in Occupational Contexts: In Schools, Clinics and Communities
Marilyn B. Cole MS, OTR/L, FAOTA; Mary V. Donohue PhD, OTL, FAOTA
Social participation naturally occurs in everyday life in combination with daily occupations, such as when people interact while eating, playing, carpooling, and working. Throughout Social Participation in Occupational Contexts: In Schools, Clinics and Communities, Professors Marilyn B. Cole and Mary V. Donohue explain how social interactions and environments can facilitate occupational performance or can create barriers to participation from an occupational perspective.
The book features:
- Occupational focus emphasized through an extension of International Classification of Functioning and the American Occupational Therapy Association Practice Framework
- Role-playing scenarios in each chapter provide participatory learning techniques
- Includes thought-provoking questions and learning activities
- Applies theories from several fields to occupational contexts
- Provides evaluations and interventions to address social participation issues
- International sources in the theory and research provide a global perspective of the concept of social participation
- Faculty members will enjoy an instructor's manual and a PowerPoint presentation in a 14-week semester format
The Texture of Life: Purposeful Activities in Occupational Therapy
Edited by Jim Hinojosa, PhD, OT, FAOTA, and Marie-Louise Blount, AM, OT, FAOTA
Occupational therapy is based on the principle that engaging in occupations and their inherent activities can powerfully affect a person's health and well-being. Practitioners must continually find ways to provide activity-based interventions that clients find personally meaningful, socially satisfying, and culturally relevant.
This new edition of The Texture of Life presents a theoretical foundation for the idea of occupation, framed within historical and current practice and developed from within the occupational therapy profession. Using language from the Occupational Therapy Practice Framework: Domain and Process, 2nd Edition, and the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health, updated chapters detail aspects of occupation such as activity analysis, activity synthesis, and clinical reasoning and explore how to apply activity across various settings.
Following is a list of notable publications. Please click on a headline for more information.
- Frames of Reference for Pediatric Occupational Therapy, 3rd Edition
- Evaluation: Obtaining and Interpreting Data, 3rd Edition
- Perspectives in Human Occupation: Participation in Life