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Complementary Therapies




The use of complementary therapies in palliative care has a very long history. The use of complementary therapies can be understood as an empowerment strategy that can be used by palliative-care patients and their families to regain a sense of control over their illness and its management (Turton & Cook 2000) and it has been argued that one of the major benefits of complementary therapies in palliative care is that they encourage self-reliance (Shenton 1996).


Contents include

  • Introduction
  • Evidence-based practice
  • Complementary Therapies and Symptom Control
    • Overview
    • Pain
      • Acupuncture
      • Reflexology
      • Relaxation techniques
      • Music therapy
    • Nausea
      • Acupuncture and acupressure
      • Other therapies in nausea
    • Anxiety
    • Quality of life and empowerment
      • Shiatsu, reflexology and TENS
      • Art therapy
      • Complementary therapies in HIV/AIDS
    • Supporting carers
  • Holistic nursing and complementary therapies
  • Professional issues
    • Education
    • Legal and ethical aspects
    • Developing workplace policy and dealing with change
  • Conclusion
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Author / Editor Biographies

MHSc (PHC), RN, RM, ND, DipAc and MRCNA.
Pauline McCabe is currently a Senior Lecturer in Naturopathy in the School of Nursing at La Trobe University in Victoria, Australia. She brings to the editorship of this book more than three decades of experience as a nurse-naturopath, and a career that has made significant contributions to the integration of complementary therapies into Australian nursing practice. Pauline strongly believes that the use of complementary therapies by nurses will significantly advance the practice, theory, and professional development of nursing in the coming years.
Amanda is a registered nurse and midwife with extensive experience in rural health care where she gained valuable insight into the issues affecting the health status of people requiring palliative care. Amanda is currently a lecturer in nursing at La Trobe University, Bendigo (Victoria, Australia) where she teaches both palliative care and complementary therapies. She is interested in the evidenced-based use of complementary therapies for nursing practice. Her current research focuses on service delivery in Victoria's rural hospitals.

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