Physical Therapists' Contribution to the Hospice and Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team

A Clinical Summary

Christopher M. Wilson, Mary K Mueller, Richard Briggs

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Abstract

There is mounting evidence of the physical therapist's role in hospice and palliative care (HPC) for optimizing quality of life and engagement in remaining life activities. The purpose of this clinical summary is to describe the variety of roles and clinical approaches that physical therapists are able to contribute to the care of patients with a life-threatening or terminal illness. In addition, culture, religion, and individual patient/family preferences tend to be contributing factors as they relate to physical therapy (PT) in HPC. Physical therapists have multiple practice patterns that they can use in HPC for a variety of clinical signs and symptoms, patient situations, and disease trajectories. Access to PT services is inconsistent and often depends on the understanding of the role of PT within HPC. In addition, providers must acknowledge varying levels of acceptance and integration of PT and HPC based on individual and contextual factors. In order to optimize remaining quality of life and optimize care and safety, PT and HPC should be integrated in a collaborative, prospective manner, and PT should be closely integrated with the entire interdisciplinary HPC care team.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-596
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing
Volume19
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2017

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Hospice Care
Physical Therapists
Palliative Care
Therapeutics
Quality of Life
Patient Preference
Religion
Signs and Symptoms
Patient Care
Safety

Keywords

  • function
  • interdisciplinary
  • physical therapy
  • quality of life
  • rehabilitation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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Physical Therapists' Contribution to the Hospice and Palliative Care Interdisciplinary Team : A Clinical Summary. / Wilson, Christopher M.; Mueller, Mary K; Briggs, Richard.

In: Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, Vol. 19, No. 6, 01.12.2017, p. 588-596.

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