A novel integrative healing services approach for neurosurgery inpatients: Preliminary experiences and cost calculations

This study characterizes and evaluates how Integrative Healing Services (IHS) affects patient pain levels and length of stay. We also performed a literature review to examine national trends in inpatient integrative healing.MethodsAn IHS team (e.g. acupuncture, healing touch, music therapy, pet therapy, and counseling) was incorporated into the treatment regimen of neurosurgery inpatients (with>4 days of stay) with chronic or intractable pain, stress or depression, and/or patients intolerant to or who failed physical or occupational therapy.Results34 charts were retrospectively reviewed, with 17 patients receiving IHS (11 cranial and 6 spine cases), and 17 age and gender matched controls receiving routine care (11 cranial and 6 spine patients). Overall, 71% (12/17) of patients had a reduction in pain medication consumption, with 55% (6/11) of cranial and 100% (6/6) of spine patients reporting a reduction compared to baseline. The average pre-treatment pain-scale score was 5.5 out of 10 across all patients, while the average post-treatment pain-scale score was 3 out of 10 (p 
Source: Interdisciplinary Neurosurgery - Category: Neurosurgery Source Type: research

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Source: Journal of Behavioral Medicine - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
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Source: PLOS Currents Disasters - Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Source Type: research
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Source: Current Emergency and Hospital Medicine Reports - Category: Emergency Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
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Source: Aging Clinical and Experimental Research - Category: Geriatrics Authors: Tags: Aging Clin Exp Res Source Type: research
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Source: Wheat Belly Blog - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: News & Updates diabetes gluten gluten-free grain-free grains wheat belly Source Type: blogs
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Source: World of Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Authors: Tags: Chronic Pain Communication Health-related Publishers Relationships YourTango Chronic Disease chronic health condition Chronic Illness Source Type: blogs
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