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The contribution to palliative care of allied health professions 

The contribution to palliative care of allied health professions
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The contribution to palliative care of allied health professions
Author(s):

Max Watson

, Rachel Campbell

, Nandini Vallath

, Stephen Ward

, and Jo Wells

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198745655.003.0024
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date: 22 August 2019

This chapter outlines the key work of allied health professionals within the palliative care team. Palliative care has been very successful at taking ideas, values, and techniques from other disciplines in healthcare. Such borrowing of ideas has nearly always included considerable adaptation from the parent discipline. However, the notion of cross-boundary, interdisciplinary working is now highly developed in palliative care. Some disciplines such as medicine and nursing have become core parts of the specialist team, whereas others have been accessed on an as-required basis. Increasingly, individual allied health professions have seen the need to evolve the palliative care specialism within the generic discipline. Allied health professionals include occupational therapists, physiotherapists, nutritional experts, speech and language therapists, clinical psychologists, social workers, chaplains, pharmacists, and art and music therapists.

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