Palliative Care in Rehabilitation and Occupational Medicine

\r\n Occupational therapy (OT) is a person-centered health profession concerned with promoting health and wellbeing through occupation. The primary goal of occupational therapy is to enable people to participate in activities of everyday life. Occupational therapists achieve this outcome by working with people and communities to enhance their ability to engage in the occupations they want to, need to, or are expected to do, or by modifying the occupation or the environment to better support their occupational engagement. Occupational therapists work within an interdisciplinary framework in which medical and allied health professionals consider all relevant treatment options and develop collaboratively a separate treatment and care plan for each person. In a comprehensive cancer care setting, allied health clinicians are essential to the provision of tailored assessment of the person’s changing status throughout all stages of the person’s cancer experience4. Within the field of oncology occupational therapists deliver care to a wide range of age groups across a variety of care settings including (but not limited to) hospital, home, inpatient palliative care units and community based services. Provide interventions including education, rehabilitation, retraining in ADL, environmental modification and prescription of equipment to support recovery and adaptation y Educate on symptom management to improve functional status and engagement in occupation, e.g. breathlessness, comfort, pressure care, cancer related fatigue, pain, cognition impairment, sensory and neurological disturbances and upper limb dysfunction.

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