A Canadian experience of integrating complementary therapy in a hospital palliative care unit

Berger, Liora, Tavares, Marianne and Berger, Brian (2013) A Canadian experience of integrating complementary therapy in a hospital palliative care unit. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 16 10: 1294-1298. doi:10.1089/jpm.2013.0295


Author Berger, Liora
Tavares, Marianne
Berger, Brian
Title A Canadian experience of integrating complementary therapy in a hospital palliative care unit
Journal name Journal of Palliative Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1096-6218
1557-7740
Publication date 2013-10
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1089/jpm.2013.0295
Open Access Status
Volume 16
Issue 10
Start page 1294
End page 1298
Total pages 5
Place of publication New Rochelle, NY, United States
Publisher Mary Ann Liebert
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: The provision of complementary therapy in palliative care is rare in Canadian hospitals. An Ontario hospital's palliative care unit developed a complementary therapy pilot project within the interdisciplinary team to explore potential benefits. Massage, aromatherapy, Reiki, and Therapeutic Touch™ were provided in an integrated approach. This paper reports on the pilot project, the results of which may encourage its replication in other palliative care programs.

Objectives: The intentions were (1) to increase patients'/families' experience of quality and satisfaction with end-of-life care and (2) to determine whether the therapies could enhance symptom management.

Results:
Data analysis(n =31) showed a significant decrease in severity of pain, anxiety, low mood, restlessness, and discomfort (p<0.01, 95% confidence interval); significant increase in inner stillness/peace (p<0.01, 95% confidence interval); and convincing narratives on an increase in comfort. The evaluation by staff was positive and encouraged continuation of the program.

Conclusions: An integrated complementary therapy program enhances regular symptom management, increases comfort, and is a valuable addition to interdisciplinary care.
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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Sub-type: Article (original research)
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