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Complementary and alternative therapies in palliative care 

Complementary and alternative therapies in palliative care
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Complementary and alternative therapies in palliative care
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Kate Kravits

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199332342.003.0027
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date: 12 November 2018

The focus in this chapter is on evidence-based complementary therapies. Alternative therapies are discussed in a limited manner in order to provide a context for understanding the range of complementary and alternative (CAM) therapies that are used by patients. Cancer is used as a model of a chronic progressive disease that illuminates opportunities for the use of CAM therapies. Patients’ independent use of evidence-based complementary therapies often promotes feelings of self-efficacy with hopeful and positive attitudes arising from these feelings. Patients can participate in their care by knowing that they have options to promote comfort and quality of life.

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