About this Research Topic
The goal of this special issue entitled Rehabilitation within Palliative Care is to substantially increase the depth and breadth of scientific knowledge in the provision of rehabilitative services to those with a life-threatening illness or advanced disease. This special issue seeks to further examine the definition, benefits, challenges, opportunities, and limitations of the provision of rehabilitation interventions and services for those with a life-threatening or advanced disease. All aspects of rehabilitative care for this population are within scope, including direct care provision, patient and provider education, coordination of care, and case management. The effect of administrative, policy, workforce, and payment issues on rehabilitation services within palliative care are also a focus of this special issue to advance the access and quality of rehabilitative services in all types of settings for those with advanced disease or facing the end of life.
Full-length articles including systematic reviews, meta-analyses, experimental, qualitative, quasi-experimental, and descriptive studies are preferred. Observational studies, case series, case reports, trial protocols, and expert perspective manuscripts will be considered if the topic is deemed relevant to substantially advance the practice of rehabilitation within palliative care. Contributors are encouraged to submit a proposal to determine if a concept is within scope of this special issue.
• Emphasis on palliative care and rehabilitation and how the principles of rehabilitation can be applied to patients with life limiting illnesses.
• Rehabilitative management and involvement for end stage care for specific diseases or categories of diseases will be considered (e.g., cancer, cardiovascular diseases, trauma, pulmonary disorders, COVID19, end-stage neurological disorders, organ failure, cognitive disorders)
• Rehabilitation considerations and involvement across the continuum of the disease journey including end-of-life and hospice care will be considered.
• All articles will undergo a rigorous peer-review process and must follow relevant Equator Network guidelines for quality reporting (e.g., CONSORT guidelines for randomized controlled trials).
Keywords: Rehabilitation, Hospice, Palliative Care, End-of-life care, Physical therapy, Occupational Therapy, Disability, Safety, Chronic disease and cancer
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