In the healthcare industry, partnerships between allied health professionals are often beneficial for patient care. According to an article in NursingTimes.net, nurses and occupational therapists can work together to provide quality end of life care. Because OTs are trained in assessment, coordination and advanced care planning, they are able to assist nurses who are responsible for discharging patients nearing the end of their lives. OTs are able to recommend new housing arrangements or specific modifications to patient’s homes including the appropriate equipment to relieve pain and fatigue.
While the pairing of nursing with occupational therapy is highly suggested, the reality is that such relationships do not always exist or are not always readily encouraged. In order to improve patient care, the article states that nurses are in the best position to reach out to fellow health care professionals to work together.
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