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Deutsche Zeitschrift für Akupunktur

, Volume 52, Issue 1, pp 54–55 | Cite as

Acupuncture Is Underutilized in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

  • Leanna J. Standish
  • Leila Kozak
  • Sean Congdon
  • Sybille Kramer
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Abstract

Acupuncture is a complementary and alternative medical modality. A considerable body of acupuncture research has accumulated since 1998. Acupuncture has been integrated into palliative care settings in the United Kingdom but is yet to be widely offered in the United States. The literature was searched to identify clinical trials involving acupuncture, palliative care, hospice, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, bone marrow, and cancer. Twenty-seven randomized controlled clinical trials of acupuncture were found that reported on conditions common to the hospice and palliative care setting, including dyspnea, nausea and vomiting, pain, and xerostomia, and 23 reported statistically significant results favoring acupuncture use for the conditions investigated. Acupuncture is safe and clinically cost-effective for management of common symptoms in palliative care and hospice patients. Acupuncture has potential as adjunctive care in palliative and end-of-life care, and the evidence warrants its inclusion in reimbursed palliative and end-of-life care in the United States.

Key Words

acupuncture palliative medicine hospice 

Literatur

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    Faily J, Oneschuk D. Acupuncture in palliative care. Support Care Cancer 2007;15:1003–7CrossRefPubMedGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer Medizin Verlag GmbH, ein Teil von Springer Nature 2009

Authors and Affiliations

  • Leanna J. Standish
    • 1
  • Leila Kozak
    • 1
  • Sean Congdon
    • 1
  • Sybille Kramer
    • 2
  1. 1.Bastyr UniversityWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Interdisziplinäre Schmerzambulanz, Klinik für AnästhesiologieKlinikum der Universität München, InnenstadtMünchenDeutschland

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