Complementary and integrative medicine for older adults in palliative care

Madeline Leong, Thomas J. Smith, Anastasia Rowland-Seymour

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Complementary and Integrative Medicine (CIM) encompasses many diverse therapies, including natural products and mind and body practices. Use of CIM is common and can benefit patients in palliative care. However, because patients in palliative care are often frail and elderly, the clinician should consider a patient's comorbidities before recommending certain therapies, such as natural products. In this article, specific examples of CIM are provided for symptoms commonly seen in palliative care.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-191
Number of pages15
JournalClinics in geriatric medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2015


  • Alternative medicine
  • Complementary medicine
  • Integrative medicine
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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