The physiotherapist

The physiotherapist

Palliative care is as much about living as about dying, and the role of a physiotherapist is to support living in the face of life-threatening illness and deterioration (Figure 44.1). To achieve this, physiotherapy in palliative care aims to:

  1. Minimise the effects of disease or its treatment

    Both cancer and other long-term life-limiting illness can cause disability and impairment. This can be from the disease itself or from the treatment of the disease (e.g. chemotherapy causing peripheral neuropathy or radiotherapy causing fatigue). Physiotherapy aims to minimise these effects.

  2. Maintain independence

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Aug 29, 2017 | Posted by in NURSING | Comments Off on The physiotherapist

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