Allied health personnel play an important role in healthcare by providing optimal patient care and working with other healthcare professionals to diagnose, prevent, and treat disorders, diseases, and disabilities. In addition, allied health personnel advocate on the patient’s behalf to ensure they receive the best possible care.
Some allied health personnel work collaboratively with physicians, dentists, nurses, and pharmacists to provide comprehensive, patient-centered care. In these cases, they evaluate and assess the patient’s needs and care team about any progress or updates.
In other cases, allied health personnel can work independently as specialists in nutrition, exercise, speech, health education, or daily function.