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Integrative Palliative Medicine Education
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Integrative Palliative Medicine was established in 1996 to facilitate comfort care and promote emotional and spiritual healing of the patient, family and caregivers cared for by SDHPC.
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The program provides diverse healing modalities based on the philosophy of caring for the whole person and incorporates concepts of the body/mind/spirit connection to improve quality of life.

Modalities that provide additional choices to standard medical practices allow for increased patient choice and autonomy. All therapies are introduced to the patient and family as part of whole patient assessment, setting goals of care and informed consent. Performance improvement is focused around reliable measures of outcomes for each of the therapies.

The available complementary therapies include:
  • Energy therapies (Therapeutic touch and Reiki)
  • Aromatherapy
  • Harp therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Art therapy

Research is a vital part of the IPM.

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Last Updated: February 02, 2005