The efficacy of complementary therapy for patients receiving palliative cancer care.

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Cedar, SH, White, M and Atwal, A (2018). The efficacy of complementary therapy for patients receiving palliative cancer care. International Journal of Palliative Nursing. 24 (3), pp. 146-151.
AuthorsCedar, SH, White, M and Atwal, A
Abstract

Involving patients in their own care is associated with improved health outcomes. Complementary therapies are popular among patients and enable them to receive the palliative care they want and need. However, the range of complementary therapy services available to patients need to be evaluated for efficacy. This study evaluated the complementary therapy services offered at one cancer outpatient clinic in the UK, with the aim of evaluating the effect of complementary therapies on patient wellbeing and to systematise concerns and categories of wellbeing in order to improve service provision. A sample of 60 patients rated their feelings of wellbeing on a Likert scale before and after a series of six complementary therapies. They were also asked which concerns they had and, after treatment, were asked about factors that may influence their wellbeing. The data were analysed quantitatively by t-test and Wilcoxon signed ranks and the results show a statistically significant improvement in wellbeing. The concerns were assigned into super categories to aid service provision and the other factors that influence general wellbeing were assessed to categorise areas of patient needs that may be addressed in patient care. These results highlight important areas for investigation, which have implications for service provision in palliative cancer care.

KeywordsCancer; Complementary therapy; Patient evaluation; 1110 Nursing
Year2018
JournalInternational Journal of Palliative Nursing
Journal citation24 (3), pp. 146-151
PublisherLondon South Bank University
ISSN1357-6321
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.12968/ijpn.2018.24.3.146
Publication dates
Print02 Apr 2018
Publication process dates
Deposited05 Jun 2018
Accepted02 Mar 2018
Accepted author manuscript
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CC BY 4.0
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