Allied health professional constitute 60% of the health care systems in developed countries and contribute to the delivery of health-related services for evaluation, identification and prevention of disorders, rehabilitation and health systems management. Allied health encompasses a board group of health professionals who use scientific principles and evidence-based practice for the diagnosis, evaluation and treatment of acute and chronic diseases, promote disease prevention, wellness for optimum health and apply administration and management skills to support health care systems in a variety of settings. The needs for these professionals have now been realized and strategies are being are being evolved to scale up their number.
Allied health professionals are concerned with the identification, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of acute and chronic disease and disorder, provision of dietary and nutrition services; rehabilitation services; and the management and operation of health systems. Allied health professionals apply scientific principles and evidence-based practice in order to optimize patients with chronic disease. Thus, the scope of allied health practice extends to the individual, the family, the community and to public education; many allied health professions specialized in the promotion of optimum function and health and improvement of health related quality of life. In addition, health care administration and health systems management are important components of allied health. Thecourses offered arespecially designed to prepare graduates and post graduates for rewarding careers in the nationally and globally growing healthcare industry.
Profession that are often listed as “allied health” include many of the well-known non-nurse, non-physician health care providers including intensives and speech language pathologists; physical therapist, occupational therapist, and respiratory therapist; diagnostic medical personnel (medical laboratory scientists, cytogenic technologists, diagnostic molecular scientists, histotechnologists, and pathologists’ assistants); imagingspecialists (radiographers, nuclear medical technologists, anesthetist sonographers); nutritionist and dietitians; and physician assistants. Others often included in allied health includes dental personnel (dental hygienists and dental assistants); emergency medical personnel (EMT’s, paramedics); exercise science professionals (athletic trainers, exercise physiologists, kinesiotherapists); health information technologists; health educators (asthma educators, diabetes educators); counselors (genetic counselors, mental health counselors, family therapist); specialist in cancer diagnosis and treatment (medical physicists, medical dosimetrists, and radiation therapists); pharmacy personnel (pharmacy technicians and assistants) and other healthcare providers and support personnel, such as medical assistants. There are also a very big number of less well known health care professions generally considered as allied health. Table 1 lists many of the allied health professions, as well as the sources listing these as allied health professions.
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Murad Ullah Khan
Ahmad Medical Institute Peshawar