Physiotherapists

Palliative care patients experience high levels of functional disability related to their disease and the impact of its treatments. Impairment of physical function and loss of independence significantly contribute to a decreased quality of life.

Goals for physiotherapists working in palliative care should be no different to those working in any field: assessment, goal-setting, choice from a range of treatment modalities, education, establishment of self-run exercise and mobility routines, re-assessment, and adaptation of treatment and goals.

Physiotherapists working in palliative care can assist in improving a patient’s quality of life by maximising their functional independence and helping to provide relief from distressing symptoms such as breathlessness and fatigue. Also, physical activity is emerging as playing a positive role in maintaining independence for patients with advanced cancer.

  

Related Evidence

PubMed Search Review Collection

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Document

This Carers Victoria fact sheet on Allied health staff in hospitals may be useful (PDF, 50kb)

Video

From The Palliative Care Bridge

Special Interest Groups

Australian Allied Health in Palliative Care (AAHPC) is a group developed to facilitate and promote research and to be a voice to promote and raise the profile of allied health in palliative care
Last updated 14 February 2017