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Rehabilitation and palliative care 

Rehabilitation and palliative care
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Rehabilitation and palliative care
Author(s):

Donna J. Wilson

and Kathleen Michael

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0056
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date: 12 November 2018

This chapter applies the concept of physical activity to palliative care across settings. A physical activity program for each patient should be presented at the time of diagnosis and extend to end-of-life care. Even when it is not possible to cure or reverse a disease process, or to restore a previous level of functioning and independence, a rehabilitative approach to nursing care adds quality to the experience of living until life’s completion. The language of rehabilitation nursing is a language shared with those who practice palliative care. Feelings of self-confidence, independence, hope, human dignity, and autonomy are all influenced by an individually tailored program of rehabilitation.

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