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Integrative Therapies in Hospice and Home Health: Introduction and Adoption

Home Healthcare Nurse: The Journal for the Home Care and Hospice Professional: February 2009 - Volume 27 - Issue 2 - p 83–84
doi: 10.1097/01.NHH.0000346309.41510.a8

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To detail for registered professional nurses the scope and challenges hospice and home care organizations face when incorporating integrative therapies into their care plans.


After reading this article and taking this test, you should be able to:

  1. Review the application of various integrative modalities in patient care.
  2. Outline the positive effects of the various healing modalities described here.
  3. Suggest helpful strategies for implementing a program of integrative therapies in a healthcare facility.

1. According to Lewis and colleagues, aromatherapy can relieve

a. headache.

b. nausea.

c. confusion.

d. agitation.

2. Reiki relies on the belief in the existence of

a. a universal life force energy.

b. individual intersecting energy fields.

c. healing rhythms within each human being.

d. a dynamic interplay between man and environment.

3. The “rei” in Reiki means

a. caring.

b. healing.

c. holistic.

d. spiritual.

4. “Acutonics“ is an energy-based treatment that involves

a. applying tuning forks to specific body sites.

b. using traditional hand positions on the patient's body.

c. massaging to tone specific muscle groups.

d. focusing healing energy on acutely stressed areas.

5. Integrative therapy programs have a minimal chance of success when they

a. do not advertise the program in the local community.

b. do not have the support of senior management staff.

c. allow only one or two days per week for these therapies.

d. use volunteers to provide specific modalities.

6. A “Walk the Talk” philosophy to wellness involves

a. promoting integrative therapy when making rounds.

b. advocating physical exercise for those who are able.

c. effectively dealing with anxious families.

d. role modeling healthy behaviors at all levels.

7. Individuals who make a personal commitment to “living well” are able to extend themselves more fully to others while

a. participating in additional training workshops.

b. providing more integrative therapies to patients.

c. maintaining healthy boundaries.

d. increasing working hours.

8. According to Deloitte, what percentage of surveyed individuals indicated a willingness to substitute an alternative or natural therapy for a prescription medication in the future?

a. 12%

b. 18%

c. 28%

d. 32%

9. According to Deloitte, what percentage of surveyed individuals reported treating a health problem with an alternative approach to traditional medicine?

a. 20%

b. 30%

c. 40%

d. 50%

10. The specific purpose of Chi Gong is to use

a. sound to promote comfort and calm.

b. rhythms to evoke emotions that stir memories.

c. the mind-body connection to effect desired changes.

d. contact to realign the energy flow of the body.

11. Which modality specifically enhances communication in withdrawn individuals?

a. animal-assisted activities

b. progressive muscle relaxation

c. guided imagery

d. sound healing

12. Which aromatherapy scent is used to treat colds and fever?

a. lavender

b. rose

c. grapefruit

d. peppermint

13. Which aromatherapy scent is used to treat insomnia?

a. lavender

b. rose

c. grapefruit

d. peppermint

14. Which aromatherapy scent is an appetite stimulant?

a. lavender

b. rose

c. grapefruit

d. peppermint

15. According to Byock, which of these is evidence of development of a sense of completion with worldly affairs?

a. life review

b. transfer of fiscal responsibility

c. emotional withdrawal from worldly affairs

d. reconciliation in one's important relationships

16. Which type of integrative therapy is known to accelerate postoperative recovery?

a. bio-energetic techniques

b. animal-assisted activities

c. sound healing

d. creative expression

17. Which type of integrative therapy is known to tap into the inner wisdom of the body and the mind?

a. bio-energetic techniques

b. animal-assisted activities

c. sound healing

d. creative expression

18. Which type of integrative therapy is known to help patients resonate with what feels good at any given moment?

a. music

b. yoga

c. hypnosis

d. relaxation



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