Archive for the 'Palliative/End of Life' Category
Researchers from the VA Connecticut Healthcare System, in West Haven tell us, â€œOutpatient palliative care can provide significant benefits to seriously ill patients, but several barriers to appropriate referrals remain.â€
Will grandmaâ€™s doctor consider outpatient palliative care for her? (more…)
Of the many symptoms experienced by those at the end of life, pain is one of the most common, feared, and often undertreated,
Dr. Perry Fine from the University of Utah in Salt Lake City reviews the treatment options, including CAM. Here’s a summary. (more…)
Â The authors review current palliative medicine, hospice, and end-of-life research. (more…)
Â Small studies suggest that massage therapy may relieve pain and other symptoms.
Here are results from a large study. (more…)
Two white physicians simply sat for a time and respectfully and attentively conversed about end-of-life care with 23 terminally ill Black patients at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta Georgia. Almost every patient willingly brought up spirituality.
In their article based on this experience they conclude that to understand and show respect for patients’ spiritual views in the context of the patient doctor relationship are keys to providing excellent palliative care.
Here are some quotes from their experience.
If the state of Washington is any indication, CAM therapies play a significant role in hospice care.
Survey results presented during the North American Research Conference on Complementary & Integrative Medicine reveal that more than a dozen different CAM therapies are offered through hospice care in Washington, with massage, music therapy, and energy healing used most often.