This Saturday, 14th October, marks the World Palliative Care DayThis is an internationally recognised date to celebrate and raise awareness of the importance of access to Palliative Care.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) estimates that by 2060 the number of people with palliative needs in the world will have doubled.
In Portugal, only 30% of people with palliative needs have access to Palliative Care specialised.
Physiotherapy can help
Did you know that not all palliative patients are bedridden?
In fact, the WHO recommends living as active a life as possible until death.
To fulfil this recommendation, the Physiotherapy has emerged as an intervention of excellence in non-pharmacological symptom control and improving well-being and quality of life, right up until death. The main focus of Physiotherapist, in this context, is the promotion of autonomy and independence, with the function that exists at any given time.
Scientific evidence proves the benefits of the Physiotherapy in Palliative Care in the management of various symptoms such as reduced mobility, fatigue, pain, respiratory symptoms, anxiety and depression. We also know that physiotherapists actively contribute to a more meaningful and fulfilling end of life.