Potential and Possibility: Rehabilitation at end of life

1st Edition

Physiotherapy in Palliative Care


Table of Contents

1 Approaching the topic of physiotherapy in palliative care
1.1 Definition of palliative care and end of life care
1.2 Who is the palliative care physiotherapist?
1.3 From symptom control to rehabilitation: Physiotherapy approaches to end of life care
1.4 The right time for physiotherapy: Is there a ‘too late’ or a ‘too early’?
1.5 Physiotherapy at end of life: Patients’ perspectives
1.6 Physiotherapy Students in Palliative Care
2 Physiotherapy and medical aspects
2.1 Clinical reasoning
2.2 Pain
2.3 Respiratory symptoms: dyspnoea/breathlessness from airway obstruction and impaired oxygen capacity
2.4 Breathlessness and fear
2.5 Lymphoedema
2.6 Fatigue and weakness
2.7 Anxiety in the context of palliative physiotherapy
2.8 Dementia
2.9 Physiotherapy in paediatric palliative care
2.10 Physiotherapy in the terminal phase
3 Psycho-social aspects
3.1 Communication in palliative care: an introduction
3.2 ‘Of sad lions that roar’ and handling strong emotions
4 Ethical, spiritual and cultural aspects
4.1 Ethics and ethical reasoning in palliative physiotherapy
4.2 The interface between function and meaning
4.3 With respect and openness: intercultural competence in palliative physiotherapy5 “Self care” for Physiotherapists
5.1“How am I really feeling?” – questions and suggestions for (self-)supervision 5.2 Closeness and distance, to touch and be touched; the physiotherapeutic dynamic


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Urban & Fischer
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