INTEGRATIVE THERAPY EFFECTIVENESS FOR CANCER PATIENTS THROUGH DECISION GUIDES

Mikayla Williams , Mary Koithan

INTEGRATIVE THERAPY EFFECTIVENESS FOR CANCER PATIENTS THROUGH DECISION GUIDES

The aim of the study was to create treatment decision guide for cancer patients and to explore the effectiveness of Reflexology. By using this, cancer patients will be able to take initiative to their own health and make decision of how medical professionals can assist them along their journey. By using research literature and library resources on Reflexology to learn more about: process of treatment, history, practitioner and credibility of provider and differentiate the therapy from other similar treatments. Categorizing literature evidence starting with systematic reviews based on the Evidence Pyramid. Creating evidence summary tables based on the information and grading evidence using the John Hopkins Evidence Rating Scale. Therefore, creating the Reflexology decision guide and developing a detailed video demonstrating reflexology being used for cancer patients to make their own decision.

The evidence found in the research literature suggests that it does not work. But in the quantitative data, the results show a positive to help relieve pain, fatigue and nausea in cancer patients. Although it does not prove to terminate the cancer, but shows relief in patients to help deal with the pain in a better and healthier way. It also may be recommended to medical professionals that integrative therapies do work to an extent and to reduce dosage in medications and treatments for patients to live a happier lifestyle.

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