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Alternative Drug Therapies in LTC Facilities: A Guide to Definition, Policies, and Procedures

Posted about 8 years ago by Susan Rinkus Farrell

Annals of Long Term Care
 
PUBLICATION DATE: Mar 01 2010 Volume 18 - Issue 3 
 
Irving Gomolin, MDCM, FRCPC, FACP, AGSF, CMD

Herbal and related alternative drug therapies have gained increasing popularity among the public in general, and the elderly in particular.1,2 According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, complementary and alternative medicine is a group of diverse medical and healthcare systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered a part of conventional medicine.3 While a growing body of data exists on the effectiveness or lack thereof of alternative therapies,4,5 these therapies are not usually taught in U.S. medical schools, nor are they generally available in U.S. hospitals.

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