Institute:Office of National Coordinator (ONC) Workforce Training Curriculum
Component:Introduction to Health Care and Public Health in the U.S.
Unit:Delivering Health Care - Part 2
Lecture:Laboratory, Pathology, Radiology, and Ancillary Services
Slide content:Ancillary Services - 3 Physical therapy Maintains function after injury or illness Occupational therapy Helps patients maintain occupation Speech therapy Helps patients recover from diseases that affect speech Care provided by ancillary staff 13
Slide notes:Other ancillary services include physical therapy, which is intended to restore function after injury or illness. Physical therapy is most commonly prescribed for musculoskeletal diseases, but it is also used for cardiac or pulmonary diseases. Occupational therapy helps patients return to their daily routines after disease or injury. Occupational therapists teach patients how to break down tasks and activities into achievable parts. They may also conduct comprehensive home and jobsite evaluations and make recommendations for adaptation. Environmental adaptation, such as removing physical obstacles in the home or providing specialized equipment and training patients in its use, is also an essential part of occupational therapy services. Speech therapy helps patients recover from diseases that affect speech, such as strokes. Care provided by ancillary staff such as physical therapists, occupational therapists, and speech therapists is usually supervised by the primary care physician, or a specialist such as a physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. 13