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Liora Berger, BSc Hons,1 Marianne Tavares, MSc,2 and Brian Berger, MBChB, CCFP, FCFP3
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 TouchTM 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.
The feedback from the chief palliative care physician noted favorable results:
"The level of satisfaction of patients and families has been absolutely amazing—not only regarding symptom control, but the level of comfort and peace. The complementary therapist is able to listen to their inner worries and concerns, which has really helped to support the work of the rest of the team. And at our weekly rounds she is a valuable resource."
JOURNAL OF PALLIATIVE MEDICINE
Volume 16, Number 10, 2013
ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Full Research: J Palliat Med. 2013 Oct; 16(10): 1294–1298.