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Int J Palliat Nurs. 2002 Jun;8(6):276-80.

Massage and aromatherapy massage: nursing art and science.

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Education Centre, St Wilfrid's School of Complementary Therapies, St Wilfrid's Hospice, Chichester, UK.


This article begins by reviewing the place of complementary therapies in palliative care from the perspective of UK professional organizations, namely the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) (formerly the United Kingdom Central Council for Nursing, Midwifery and Health Visiting (UKCC)) and the British Medical Association (BMA). It then reviews recent research on the use of massage and aromatherapy massage in palliative care and comments on their credibility and implications, thereby addressing nursing science. The art of nursing is explored through four case histories where massage was used intuitively when words were difficult or seemed inadequate. To conclude, by focusing on the therapies provided by a UK hospice, there is consideration of the practicalities of implementing massage and aromatherapy massage in a specialist palliative care unit.

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