Palliative care is a holistic approach to care for individuals with serious or terminal illnesses. Palliative care has been shown to be especially beneficial for individuals with a cancer diagnosis. With the incidence of cancer in the United States on the rise, palliative care is a relevant and valuable service. The team that delivers palliative care is multidisciplinary and includes a variety of healthcare providers as well as professionals for emotional and spiritual support. Occupational therapy is beginning to be included within this team. Occupational therapy has also been shown to improve performance and function in individuals with cancer. This systematic review aims to investigate the effectiveness of including occupational therapy within palliative care for patients with cancer.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 5-7-2018


Renee Causey-Upton

Mentor Professional Affiliation

Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Department Name when Degree Awarded

Occupational Therapy