Learn how Beaumont Cancer Institute implemented these services and improved the patient experience, reduced hospital length of stay, and facilitated early identification of physical impairments, functional limitations, and/or treatment restrictions. Other key outcomes include reduction of cancer-related fatigue, lymphedema, and falls, and non-opioid pain management. Then hear about the important role rehabilitation played in palliative care for patients with advanced cancer by optimizing quality of remaining life and minimizing unwarranted hospital readmissions. Patient case-based scenarios and video vignettes demonstrate how to integrate and sustain these services into cancer care, including necessary training for team members.
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In 2018, Beaumont Health in Southeast Michigan launched the first oncology residency in physical and occupational therapy in the country. The program was created in response to difficulties the healthcare system had recruiting physical therapists who are certified in oncology. Since its launch, the residency program has successfully attracted and graduated physical therapists who have gone on to be certified in oncology and work at Beaumont, alleviating their staffing issues in physical therapy. Dr. Christopher Wilson, the director of the residency, says the program helps physical therapists take on a more active, long-term role in oncology care. “This is a cultural shift for rehabilitation professionals—thinking about themselves not just as interventionists,” says Dr. Wilson. “Physical therapy is not just waiting until something goes wrong and then getting a physical therapist to fix it; it is being proactive to keep people well in the first place.”
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Innovations in cancer care have resulted in more people surviving the disease, more people living longer with the disease being treated as a chronic condition, fewer side effects, and improved tolerance to cancer treatments. At the same time, more individuals diagnosed with cancer aspire to have a better quality of life in addition to a longer life. Strategically leveraging the unique skills of the entire interdisciplinary team, including rehabilitation professionals, can help improve quality of life (QoL) before, during, and after cancer treatment. Specifically, licensed healthcare providers, such as physical therapists (PTs), occupational therapists (OTs), and speech language pathologists (SLPs), can help mitigate the side effects of cancer or its treatments.
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