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Encyclopedia > Allied health professional

The Allied health professions are those clinical health professions distinct from the medical profession and nursing profession. These include physical therapy (physiotherapy), occupational therapy, speech therapy. In some countries physician's assistants, bioengineering and other fields are also included in the definition. Physical therapy (also known as physiotherapy) is a health profession concerned with the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disease and disability through physical means. ... Occupational therapy is skilled treatment that helps individuals achieve independence in all facets of their lives. ... R1 Speech therapy is the corrective or rehabilitative treatment of physical and/or cognitive deficits/disorders resulting in difficulty with verbal communication. ... Biological engineering (a. ...

The titles and roles allied health professions vary considerably from country to country.

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AAAAI - Members Center: Allied Health Professionals Assembly (311 words)
Allied Health members of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology play an integral role in providing optimal patient care.
Allied health is the fastest growing segment of the AAAAI membership with over 700 members, established in 1990.
Allied Health members shall not be eligible to vote, propose motions, serve on the AAAAI Board of Directors or hold office.
OSH Professional Staff Bylaws (11743 words)
ALLIED HEALTH PROFESSIONAL (AHP) means a licensed individual other than a physician, who exercises judgment within the areas of his professional competence, and who is qualified to independently provide care under an appropriate level of supervision by or in coordination with a physician who has been accorded privileges to provide such care in the hospital.
Membership in the Medical and Allied Health Professional Staff of the Oregon State Hospital is a privilege extended to practitioners who continuously meet and satisfy the qualifications, standards, and requirements set forth in these bylaws and are professionally qualified to provide services.
A practitioner who is or who will be providing specified professional services pursuant to a contract with the hospital must meet the same appointment qualifications, must be evaluated for appointment, reappointment and clinical privileges in the same manner and must fulfill all of the obligations of this category as any other applicant or staff member.
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