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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 176--179

Defining the role of physiotherapy in palliative care in multiple sclerosis

1 Departments of Neurology and Neurorehabilitaion, Bihar Neurodiagnostic Centre, Patna, India
2 Department of Neurology, NIMHANS, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
3 R.V. College of Physiotherapy, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

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Darshpreet Kaur
Departments of Neurology and Neurorehabilitaion, Bihar Neurodiagnostic Centre, Patna
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DOI: 10.4103/0973-1075.179599

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With increasing prevalence of multiple sclerosis worldwide, India too has transitioned from low to medium prevalence region. This increases the overall burden of a number of people suffering from a chronic progressive disorder. Such scenario underlines the need for an early comprehensive and holistic patient management plan, aiming to provide a better quality of life. The presented case is one such example of a patient-centered, and interdisciplinary team approach for better management of a patient suffering from an incurable, progressive disorder. As physiotherapists tend to spend a considerable amount of time with their patients on a regular basis, it becomes imperative to view all the patient related problems from a wider angle and endeavor to address each of them individually/collaboratively. In a palliative care setting, physiotherapy can no longer be considered as only physical symptom management approach but a patient care approach considering their entire physical, emotional, psychosocial, and spiritual needs. This novel case report shall serve as a guiding strategy for physiotherapists to work in the domain of palliative care.


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