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Physiotherapy in palliative oncology

Authors
  • Rashleigh, Lynette
Type
Published Article
Journal
Australian Journal of Physiotherapy
Publication Date
Jan 01, 1996
Volume
42
Issue
4
Pages
307–312
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/S0004-9514(14)60395-0
Source
Elsevier
Keywords
License
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Abstract

Outreach multi-disciplinary palliative care teams have tended to duplicate hospital-based teams which historically have consisted almost exclusively of doctors and nurses. This paper outlines the role of physiotherapy in palliative care. It provides a conceptual framework for physiotherapy involvement and its potential to contribute within the palliative care team therapeutically and cost-effectively. To put physiotherapy management of the disease process into perspective, some basic data on terminal illness, and statistics of a Brisbane hospice, are included. The need for more outreach physiotherapy intervention is emphasised.

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