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Physiotherapy in palliative care 

Physiotherapy in palliative care
Physiotherapy in palliative care

Anne M. English

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date: 24 January 2022

This chapter gives an overview of the role of the physiotherapist and some of the conditions they assess and treat. Physiotherapy in the field of oncology and palliative care is a continuously evolving and developing speciality in cancer and other non-malignant disease. Patients with palliative care needs often present with multifaceted problems associated with an increasing range of underlying pathologies. The physiotherapist is involved in the treatment of patients with active and progressive conditions some of which include cancer, neurological, cardiac, respiratory, musculoskeletal conditions, and lymphoedema. Rehabilitation is now considered a crucial aspect of the patient pathway in which the physiotherapist plays a vital role. Assessment and good communication skills are an essential component when managing challenging and complex problems. This chapter demonstrates the physiotherapist’s valuable contribution to the interdisciplinary team and the importance of the role within palliative care.

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