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Complementary and Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care 

Complementary and Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care
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Complementary and Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care
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Mary-Anne Meyer

, and Melinda Ring

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0028
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date: 21 August 2019

A large portion of adults in the United States use some form of complementary and integrative medicine, but while these therapies are offered in many hospice and palliative care programs, few patients end up accessing the therapies. Studies show that patients who receive these services are more satisfied with their care. Additionally, surveys show that nurses are often the critical factor is assessing a patient’s appropriateness for integrative care and making the referrals. This chapter reviews therapies and supplements that can be used for specific conditions, and it ends with a list of resources to help put ideas into practice.

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