Occup Ther Health Care. 2021 Aug 14:1-16. doi: 10.1080/07380577.2021.1961181. Online ahead of print.
As individuals with cancer actively undergo medical treatment, they often experience profound impairments and side-effects that impact their physical and psychosocial functioning and well-being. As occupational therapy practitioners working in acute care, challenges when working with those with oncological diseases may include high acuity, impact on multiple body systems, and fluctuating symptom presentation and levels of function. Thus, it is critical for occupational therapy practitioners to be skilled in identifying and addressing the distinct needs of cancer survivors in the acute care setting. This manuscript presents a descriptive case study to highlight occupational therapy’s role in cancer rehabilitation in the acute care setting.
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