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Successful Strategies in Integrating Acupuncture and Shiatsu in a Hospital Oncology Program
Colleagues from the Network of Researchers in Public Health in CAM recently published an article of interest to our Traditional Asian Medicine community.
What is a Discipline in Medicine?
In my now prolonged dialogue with physicians, one question emerges with enough regularity to deserve mention and naming: what is a discipline?
News in Brief
Hamm Elected New President of the ACA; WFC / ACC 2014 Education Conference: Call for Papers; F4CP Recognizes Standard Process as $1 Million Supporter; Texas Chiro. College Begins Search for New President; League of Chiropractic Women Hosts Women's Success Summit.
Stress in the Modern Age: Impact on Homeostasis and What You Can Do (Part 1)
In 1926, Hans Selye first used the word stress in a biological context, referring to the nonspecific response of the body to any demand placed upon it.
Leaving a Lasting Legacy: Donna Liewer
For the past 31 years, Donna Liewer has been on a personal mission "to comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable." In her role as executive director of the Federation of Chiropractic Licensing Boards, Liewer has accomplished that and much, much more.
Epigenetics: The Western Science Supporting Essence
Since the days of Darwin, western medicine has touted that our genes were set in stone, that our genetics were our destiny. We were told that the diseases that ran in our family were likely coming to us as well.
Why DCs Need to Understand the Principles of "Inclusive Design"
In the past few columns, I've written about the negative effects of prolonged sitting at work. I've attempted to make the point that prolonged sitting (or prolonged standing) takes a toll on workers. Now let's discuss a related issue: the concept of "inclusive design."
Green Tea Catechins Lower PSA, Other Biomarkers in Men With Localized Prostate Cancer
A 2006 study (Cancer Research) was the first human investigation to show that green tea catechins (GTC) are highly effective in reversing premalignant prostate lesions (high-grade prostate intra-epithelial neoplasia), an established precursor to prostate cancer.
AAAOM – The Beginning of the End (Part II)
In 2012, the AAAOM board members met in Chicago for their annual meeting. The goal was to come to a consensus on a long list of issues the AAAOM needed to work on including a functional board and budget.
The Healing Properties of Light: An Interview With Researcher Anna Cocliovo
This interview is with Anna Cocliovo, a light researcher and Acupuncturist in Arizona. During my own research in light, I came across the article she published for the American Journal of Acupuncture and sought her out as a result.
Steven Rosenblatt: Birthing A Cross-Cultural Acupuncture Profession
The existence of a cross-cultural acupuncture profession in the United States, one that is legalized, licensed, supported by formalized, academic training and inclusive of non-Asian practitioners, is an important part of the medical landscape in this country and is responsible for improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of Americans.
Flexion-Intolerant Lower Back Pain (Pt. 3): Mobilization & Soft-Tissue Treatment
What is the biggest challenge to the chiropractor in treating discogenic pain? You have to completely reframe the purpose of your manipulation. It is rarely about unlocking a stuck segment at the disc involvement level; it is not about putting a joint back in alignment.
One and Done: Keeping Patients From Vanishing After Just One Appointment
What happened to my 3:30 p.m. ROF? They may have rescheduled, but there are two common answers no one wants to hear: 1) "She called to cancel. I tried to get her to reschedule, but she refused." 2) "She no-showed.
Monoculture of the Mind: Part II
Cases are built within boundaries. Such bounds may be a program, event, activity or individuals. In this instance, a medical case has boundaries that include clinical interactions that are comprised of history, signs, symptoms, diagnoses, treatment plans and treatments.
Resilience is the New Longevity
Sometimes we must enter a room through one door and not another, even though they both lead into the same space. I am talking now of the recent cachet with the concept of "resilience" regarding health, chronic pain and longevity.
Collaboration for a Cause
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act strongly encourages the formation of multidisciplinary practitioner teams called Patient Centered Medical Homes (PCMHs) and Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs).
AAAOM – Making Promises They Can't Keep
When the AAAOM first formed in 2007, their mission was clear: to support the profession through education, resources and legislative advocacy. The first years of the organization were filled with promise and hope.
Chiropractic Prevents ADHD? Research Shows...
Now that I have your attention, let me tell you what the latest study actually states. As you may have noticed, research over the past few years has begun to reveal that acetaminophen (the primary ingredient in Tylenol) is not as safe as once thought.
Creating Child-Friendly Clinics with ABT
The Zurich Dojo was scattered with toy ducks, dolls, trains, exercise balls and teddy bears during my recent pediatric workshop.
Risk Factors for Heel Problems
Heel pain and gait disability are common occurrences in adults, often the result of thinning heel pads and a lifetime of exposure to heel-strike shock. One condition experienced by many people is plantar fasciitis.
Are You Guilty of Paternalism in Your Approach to Patient Care?
Einstein is purported to have said, "When a man sits with a pretty girl for an hour, it seems like a minute. But let him sit on a hot stove for a minute and it's longer than any hour. That's relativity." In some way, everything is relative to one's point of view.
November, 2010, Vol. 10, Issue 11
Hospice Massage: Ethical Considerations
By Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR
As a massage therapist, like other health care professionals, you are expected to adopt and uphold standards of practice that serve as "guiding principles" in scope of practice, client relationships, clinical decisions, and business practices.If you choose to work in hospice you enter a complex field of service that exposes you to ethical issues and dilemmas unique to end-of-life care. Of course, the standards of practice for massage therapy apply, but you will also need to be familiar with the ethical principles and guidelines found in hospice care to have a foundation from which to act. Some principles act as guidelines but many are highly individual, steeped in your own personal moral compass, providing a touchstone in situations where you search for the "right thing to do".
As massage therapy takes its rightful place in hospice care it is possible, if not likely, that you will be exposed to some ethical dilemmas of modern-day health care. Medical treatments and technology have changed the way we die in our culture. For many patients, their families as well as the professional caregiver, the experience becomes laden with conflict and moral choice.
Dr. Richard Fife,3 an ethicist, states: "In hospice care, staff members are constantly faced with the possibilities and realities of ethical dilemmas." He reports findings from a two-year study of ethical dilemmas faced by hospice staff. Some of the most common issues included:
Granted, as a massage therapist, you may not directly be involved in resolving these issues. But it's possible that you may be exposed to them. By anticipating these issues you will be more prepared and resilient when they do come up.
I will compare one area of standards of practice--the roles and boundaries as put forth by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork6 and related ethical principle from the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)2 and how they impact day-to-day activities of providing massage services in hospice care.
Roles, Boundaries & Principle
Roles and boundaries: Adhere to ethical boundaries and perform the professional roles designed to protect both the client and the practitioner, and safeguard the therapeutic value of the relationship.
Related principle: Provide patients and their families with the highest possible level of quality end-of-life care and services, while maintaining professional boundaries that respect their rights and privacy.
Considerations for the massage therapist:
Case example: I know of a massage therapist, "Kim", who was working as an independent contractor for a local hospice organization. She was asked by the hospice nurse to see a woman with advanced Parkinson's disease. The massage therapist saw the patient for weekly sessions. I learned that Kim had, in addition, been hired by the family as a personal care attendant and was essentially "on-call" to run errands, drive the patient to doctor's appointments and stay with her in the home when the family needed to be away. Kim complained to me that the hospice had let her go because they saw her actions as inappropriate. She also complained that the family was calling on her more and more and hadn't paid her in some time. She stated that she couldn't bring herself to discontinue her service because the patient "needs me so much".
Reflection question: What is the ethical dilemma here? What would have been an appropriate course of action for Kim?
Anyone who chooses to serve those in hospice care recognizes that it is a privilege to do this profound work. Caring for the dying through the medium of touch can be an experience that forever alters your worldview of death and dying. You will be forced to examine your thoughts, feelings and behavior in this profoundly personal, yet professional work. By accepting the responsibility to explore the personal nature and impact of end-of-life care you will be more equipped to uphold the highest ethical standards of your professional role.
Click here for more information about Ann Catlin, LMT, NCTMB, OTR.
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