Significant others also have a major effect on the everyday lives of these people, both in a positive and negative way. Often it is significant others who can provide the most important support, but they can also show a lack of understanding, which has a negative impact. How do we go about ensuring significant others provide that all-important support in the best way possible? And what support do the significant others themselves need to achieve this?
In my thesis, I would like to look at significant others as resources that enable people with RA to take part in everyday life.
I am involved in teaching on the Occupational Therapy programme, both as a base group tutor and contact person, and I also supervise essays. My work in these roles is with students in semester 4, on courses 6 and 7, and, as a contact person, I liaise during students’ work-based training. I also supervise students writing essays for their Bachelor's degrees.