Complementary medicine: is it more acceptable in palliative care practice?

Allan Kellehear
Med J Aust 2003; 179 (6 Suppl): S46.


  • Some complementary health modalities have found a well-accepted place in palliative care.

  • The interdisciplinary nature of palliative care underlies the common acceptance of complementary therapies in this field of care.

  • The experience of the interdisciplinary approach in palliative care may presage current changes in attitude towards complementary therapies in other areas of medicine.

  • Growing collegiality and interdisciplinary teamwork in healthcare is encouraging the medical profession to see beyond scientific reservations and view complementary modalities as providing supportive roles.

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  • Allan Kellehear

  • Palliative Care Unit, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne, VIC.


Competing interests:

None identified.

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