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Complementary Therapies in a Palliative Care Setting: The Clinical Experience

This chapter provides a comprehensive insight into the incorporation of various complementary therapies into the hospice and the development of complementary therapy as a model of nursing practice. Described in detail is one interesting treatment used at Daw House, which blends three different types of therapies. The chapter ends with findings of a research project to evaluate complementary care at Daw House. Daw House Hospice, opened in 1988, is a free-standing, 15-bed hospice unit which services patients in need of palliative care in the southern area of Adelaide, South Australia. Here, the broad aims of care are centered on providing comfort to dying persons, their family and friends. Care in this context includes working towards relieving distress, supporting each patient’s existing vitality and raising their spirits, that is, improving outlook and mood. Family and friends are welcomed into the environment and are encouraged to be actively involved in the care of their loved ones.

Contents include

  • establishing a complementary care centre
  • changing attitudes towards complementary care
  • integration of complementary therapies into nursing care
  • evaluating complementary care.
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Author / Editor Biographies

MPHC, Dip (Prof. Massage and Aromatherapy), DipAppSc, RN, Dip (Dental Therapy).
Rose Osborne - as a nurse-clinician with 12-years experience in palliative care, Rose combines clinical nursing responsibilities with teaching, research and postgraduate studies. She has demonstrated depth and commitment to clinical nursing practice. With additional qualifications in professional massage and aromatherapy, she has worked passionately towards the promotion of a non-institutional environment and the integration of various therapeutic interventions not commonly used within the current medical and nursing model of care.

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