Rehabilitation of the hospice and palliative care patient

Noel S.C. Javier, Marcos L. Montagnini

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Disability is a common problem among hospice and palliative care patients. It leads to depression, poor quality of life, increased caregiver needs, health care resource utilization, and need for institutionalization. There is a growing body of evidence that rehabilitation interventions improve functional status, quality of life, and symptoms such as pain and anxiety in this population. Having adequate knowledge about rehabilitation is essential for the provision of comprehensive end-of-life care. The goals of this article are to review the role and benefits of rehabilitation in hospice and palliative care; to discuss the elements of patient assessment for rehabilitation including the use of functional assessment tools; and to review the roles of physical, occupational, and speech therapy in hospice and palliative care patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)638-648
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2011
Externally publishedYes


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