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Antea Worldwide Palliative Care Conference

Rome, 12-14 November 2008

ABSTRACT FORM

Presenting author PHYSIOTHERAPY SERVICE: HOSPICE OVERVIEW IN ITALY (SOUTH-CENTER
AREA)
Michael J. Brescia
Authors (max 6, presenting author included): Simone Berretta
Email:

jmagnetti@calvaryhospital.org
By telephone survey we conducted the situation entering the role of physiotherapist in helping the
Phone terminally patient in central-southern Italy is not so criticises.
The culture of physiotherapy in palliative care is gaining more and more its place in
multidisciplinary team working.
Mobile phone There are many structures especially at the central Italy where patients are monitored at home
and in hospice and they do therapies of all kinds, from respiratory physiotherapy to lymph
drainage, kinesitherapy to walking training, etc..
The work possibilities are with contracts of indefinite duration for the most fortunate, otherwise
Please underline the most there are contracts of cooperation or advice, performance contracts, this contractual situation
appropriate category for your varies by type of structure where you are.
abstract The image of physiotherapist as a masseur is gradually disappearing because there are more
requests from patients wanting to move, to regain the autonomy that it has been denied for some
• Pain and other symptoms
time by disease and bad information.
• Palliative care for cancer patients

• Palliative care for non cancer
patients
• Paediatric palliative care
• Palliative care for the elderly
• The actors of palliative care
• Latest on drugs

• Pain

• Illness and suffering through
media
• Marginalisation and social stigma
at the end of life
• Palliative care advocacy projects

• Prognosis and diagnosis
communication in
different cultures
• Communication between doctor-
patient and patient-
equipe
• Religions and cultures versus
suffering, death and
bereavement
• Public institution in the world:
palliative care policies
and law
• Palliative care: from villages to metropolies

• Space, light and gardens for the terminally ill patient
• End-of-life ethics
• Complementary therapies Session: Pain
• Education, training and research
• Fund-raising and no-profit Chair of the session: Prof. Alessandro Fabrizio Sabato, Prof. Guido Fanelli
• Bereavement support
• Volunteering in palliative care
• Rehabilitation in palliative care