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Alternative Therapies Improve End of Life Care

March 28, 2013

Baltimore Sun: ”A comprehensive survey by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in 2007 found that 41 percent of hospice care centers offered complementary and alternative therapies (CAT), had a CAT provider on staff or under contract, or both. Those numbers have likely gone up, experts say.

"’It's certainly been gaining momentum in the past four of five years,’ says Dr. Porter Storey, executive vice president of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

"’There are patients who are not getting adequate relief from usual medications,’ Storey says. ‘Sometimes it's people who don't tolerate medicine well or get bad side effects and still have the pain or nausea. And sometimes it's people who value mental clarity so much they would rather have the symptoms than any kind of drowsiness. Read more.