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Integrative Therapies in Hospice and Home Health: Introduction and Adoption

JOHNSON, ESTHER L. RN, BSN, PHN, CHPN; O'BRIEN, DEBORAH RN, BSN, PHN

Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional: February 2009 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 75–82
doi: 10.1097/01.NHH.0000346308.33886.25
Hospice & Palliative Care
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Integrative therapies comprise a variety of nonpharmacologic methods that provide pain and symptom management. These therapies are increasingly gaining acceptance in the healthcare community as complementary to traditional treatments for pain. This article details the introduction, scope, and challenges healthcare organizations face when incorporating integrative therapies into their care plans.

Esther L. Johnson, RN, BSN, PHN, CHPN, is Integrative Therapies Program Manager at Pathways Home Health & Hospice, Sunnyvale, California, USA.

Deborah O'Brien, RN, BSN, PHN, is Hospice Patient Care Manager at Pathways Home Health & Hospice, Sunnyvale, California, USA.

Address for correspondence: Esther L. Johnson, RN, BSN, PHN, CHPN, Integrative Therapies Program Manager, Pathways Home Health & Hospice, 585 N. Mary Avenue, Sunnyvale, California, 94085 USA (e-mail: ejohnson@pathwayshealth.org).

The authors of this article have no significant ties, financial or otherwise, to any company that might have an interest in the publication of this educational activity.

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