School of Health Sciences

Allied health professionals include persons involved with the delivery of health or healthcare related services, with qualification and proficiency in diagnostic, therapeutic, preventive and rehabilitative interventions. They work in multidisciplinary health teams in varied healthcare settings including doctors, nurses and public health officials to promote, protect, treat and/or manage a person physical, mental, social, emotional, environmental health and holistic well-being.

The quality of health care has improved tremendously in the last few decades due to the advances in technology, thus creating fresh challenges in the field of healthcare. It is now widely accepted that health service delivery is a team effort involving both clinicians and non-clinicians, and is not the sole duty of physicians and nurses. Professionals that can knowledgeably handle sophisticated machinery and advanced protocols are now in high demand. In fact, diagnosis is now so dependent on technology, that allied health professionals are vital to effective treatment delivery.

The Indian government aims for Universal Health Coverage, where lack of skilled human resource may prove to be the biggest weakness in its path to achieve targeted goals. The benefits of having allied health professionals in the healthcare system are still unexplored in India, however the scope of allied health practices are undeniably vast.

The scopes of the allied health practice varies from one end to another, including areas of work -

  • Human development starting from neonate to old age;
  • Health promotion and disease prevention, as well as assessment, management and evaluation of interventions and protocols for treatment;
  • Primary care centers, to tertiary care settings, settings from a patient's home to community;
  • The healthcare issues associated with diverse socio-economies conditions and cultural norms within the society.

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