Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know about Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation

Michelle E. Brassil, Andrea Cheville, Jasmine Y. Zheng, Sean R. Smith, Dorothy W. Tolchin, Sarah A. Wittry, Christopher A. Jones, Betty Chernack

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Physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) is a specialty of medicine focused on optimizing function and quality of life for individuals with physical impairments, injuries, or disabling illnesses. Given the sometimes acute nature of the loss of function and even loss of independence, there are significant palliative care (PC) needs within patients seen by PM&R. This article, written by a team of PM&R and PC specialists, aims to help the PC team better understand the world of postacute care, expand their toolkit for treating musculoskeletal and neurological symptoms, improve prognostication for patients with brain and spinal cord injuries, and decide when patients may benefit from PM&R consultation and support. There is significant overlap between the populations treated by PM&R and PC. Better integration between these specialties will help patients to maintain independence as well as advance excellent patient-centered care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)129-135
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2020


  • function
  • neurological compromise
  • physical medicine and rehabilitation
  • postacute care
  • serious illness
  • spasticity management
  • traumatic brain injury
  • traumatic spinal cord injury

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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