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martes, 17 de septiembre de 2013

A Canadian Experience of Integrating Complementary Therapy in a Hospital Palliative Care Unit.

(Extraído de Pubmed.gov)

J Palliat Med. 2013 Sep 10. [Epub ahead of print]

 

Berger L, Tavares M, Berger B.

Source

1 University of Queensland School of Medicine , Brisbane, Australia .

Abstract

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.

PMID:
24020920
[PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

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