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Integrative Palliative Care 

Integrative Palliative Care
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Integrative Palliative Care
Author(s):

Angela Lee

, Stephanie Cheng

, and Dale Lupu

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190466268.003.0031
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date: 14 October 2019

Integrative medicine and palliative medicine share many tenets. This chapter reviews integrative approaches to the most common symptoms needing palliation among geriatric patients at the end of life, including pain, nausea and vomiting, constipation, dyspnea, and fatigue. Several palliative care approaches to communication about patient goals and advance care planning for a time when the patient is unable to make decisions are described. Resources to support advance care planning are provided. Finally, issues that need to be addressed by either primary care geriatrics or in consultation with palliative care in the last weeks, days, and hours of life are described.

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