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The '''Allied health professions''' are those clinical [[healthcare]] professions distinct from the ''[[medicine|medical profession]]'' and ''[[nursing]] profession''. As the name implies, they are all allies in the healthcare team, working together to make the healthcare system function.
Depending on the country and local healthcare system, some of the following professions may be represented: [[athletic training]], [[bioengineer]]ing, [[dental hygiene]], diagnostic medical sonography, electrocardiographic technicians, [[hemodialysis]] technicians, laboratory technicians, [[medical assistant]]s , medical coders and billers, medical secretaries, medical technology, [[nutrition]] and [[dietetics]], [[occupational therapy]], [[phlebotomy (modern)|phlebotomy]], [[kinesiotherapy,]] [[physical therapy]], [[physician's assistant]]s, [[radiography]], [[respiratory therapy]], and [[speech therapy]]. They all belong to the ever growing group of allied health professionals and their subspecialties. The precise titles and roles in the allied health professions vary considerably from country to country.
The explosion of scientific knowledge that followed [[World War II]] brought increasingly sophisticated and complex diagnostic and treatment procedures to the science of [[medicine]]. In addition, increasing medical and healthcare costs have created a trend away from treating patients in hospitals toward the provision of care in physician's private and group practices, and ambulatory medical and emergency clinics. What followed was an increase in the need for expertly trained healthcare delivery personnel.
As their job descriptions become more specialised, they must adhere to national training and education standards, their professional scope of practice, and often prove their skills through [[diplomas]], certified credentials, and continuing education. Members of the allied health professions must be proficient in the use of many skills. Some of which are medical [[terminology]], [[acronym]] and [[spelling]], basics of medical law and [[ethics]], understanding of human relations, [[interpersonal communication]] skills, [[counseling]] skills, computer literacy, ability to document [[healthcare]] information, [[interviewing]] skills, and proficiency in [[word processing]], [[database]] management and electronic dictation.
==External links==
* [ Allied health careers]
* [ Association of Schools of Allied Health Professions] (ASAHP)
* [ NHS Careers - UK]
* [,GGLD:2005-38,GGLD:en&q=%27%27Allied+health+professions%27%27 Google search: Allied health professions]
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