Hospitals Offering Complementary Care Triple
We’ve certainly seen a trend amongst our local medical institutions towards more Integrative Care options such as Healing Touch, Reflexology, Massage and Reiki, but now a recent report tells us it is nationwide. According to a report released in September by the American Hospital Associastion's Health Forum and the Samueli Institute, a think tank that supports alternative medicine, the number of hospitals currently offering Body-Mind-Spirit Therapies has tripled since the year 2000. Hospital executives cited patient demand as the main driver in offering these low risk therapies such as massage, guided imagery, meditation and reiki.
Hospitals are using their Integrative care offerings as a value add for differentiating service levels. By offering complementary care, they are providing services for the whole patient, body, mind and spirit, which contributes greatly to patient satisfaction. And this, of course, drives greater demand. Given the benefits of a more holistic, integrative care approach to health and healing, we are certainly happy to see that trend.
For more information on the study, read Kevin O’Reilly’s article in the American Medical News.