Unlocking Independence: The Promising Role of Occupational Therapy in Enhancing Quality Functioning for Individuals with Thalassemia

  • Pankaj Kumar Associate Professor and Dean-I/c, Chettinad School of Occupational Therapy, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute, Chettinad Academy of Research and Education, Kelambakam, Chennai.
  • Amita Barad Consultant Occupational Therapist.
  • B Nibedita Priyadarshinee Consultant Occupational Therapist.
Keywords: Occupational Therapy, Thalassemia, Energy Conservation, Joint Protection Techniques


Thalassemia patients struggle with symptoms like exhaustion, weakness,
stunted growth, joint discomfort, cardiac issues, and emotional
difficulties. They may benefit from occupational therapy, which
aids people with physical, mental, or developmental disabilities in
achieving their goals. Occupational therapists can assist with energy
conservation, joint protection, patient education and training, emotional
support, restoration and adaptations. Individuals with thalassemia
may benefit from comprehensive care that includes occupational
therapy. Occupational therapists can assist people with thalassemia in
enhancing their quality of life, achieving their objectives, playing their
roles, and keeping up with their routine by addressing the physical,
emotional, and environmental problems presented by the condition.
According to the evaluation, occupational therapy holds promise for
improving the quality of life for people with thalassemia. Further study
is required in this field.

How to cite this article:
Kumar P, Barad A, Priyadarshinee BN.
Unlocking Independence: The Promising Role
of Occupational Therapy in Enhancing Quality
Functioning for Individuals with Thalassemia.
Chettinad Health City Med J. 2023;12(3):123-125.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.24321/2278.2044.202362


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