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The Role of PT, OT, and Other Therapies in Palliative Care for Seriously Ill Patients 

The Role of PT, OT, and Other Therapies in Palliative Care for Seriously Ill Patients
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The Role of PT, OT, and Other Therapies in Palliative Care for Seriously Ill Patients
Author(s):

Dennis Lin

, Megan Borjan

, Seanell D. San Andres

, and Christina Kelly

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0056
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date: 19 August 2019

This chapter describes the roles of physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech language pathology, and recreation therapy in providing rehabilitation for patients receiving palliative care. Palliative rehabilitation should be included as part of a comprehensive interdisciplinary effort to support patients who experience functional impairments or symptoms that impact daily life and that result from terminal illness. Palliative rehabilitation focuses on creating collaborative goals that address disability and easing symptom burden to maximize or maintain function throughout every stage of disease. Patients receiving the appropriate rehabilitative interventions can adapt to the changes and foster an optimal quality of life. Nurses collaborate with the rehabilitation team so that patients and their caregivers can achieve a greater benefit from their palliative care.

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