OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine is an international peer-reviewed Open Access journal published quarterly online by LIDSEN Publishing Inc. It covers all evidence-based scientific studies on integrative, alternative and complementary approaches to improving health and wellness.

Topics contain but are not limited to:

  • Acupuncture
  • Acupressure
  • Acupotomy
  • Bioelectromagnetics applications
  • Pharmacological and biological treatments including their efficacy and safety
  • Diet, nutrition and lifestyle changes
  • Herbal medicine
  • Homeopathy
  • Manual healing methods (e.g., massage, physical therapy)
  • Kinesiology
  • Mind/body interventions
  • Preventive medicine
  • Research in integrative medicine
  • Education in integrative medicine
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It publishes a variety of article types: original research, review, communication, opinion, case report, study protocol, comment, conference report, technical note, book review, etc.

There is no restriction on paper length, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Authors should present their results in as much detail as possible, as reviewers are encouraged to emphasize scientific rigor and reproducibility. 

Indexing: DOAJ-Directory of Open Access Journals.

Archiving: full-text archived in CLOCKSS.

Rapid publication: manuscripts are undertaken in 6.1 days from acceptance to publication (median values for papers published in this journal in the first half of 2020, 1-2 days of FREE language polishing time is also included in this period). A first decision provided to authors of manuscripts submitted to this journal are approximately 3.5 weeks (median values) after submission.

Current Issue: 2020  Archive: 2019 2018 2017 2016

Special Issue

Integrative Therapies in Palliative Care

Submission Deadline: September 30, 2020 (Open) Submit Now

Guest Editor

Leila Kozak, PhD

1. Director, Integrative Palliative Care Institute (IPCI), Redmond, WA, USA
2. Co- Principal Investigator, Integrative Palliative Care Continuing Education Project- R41 NIH/NCI, USA
3. Whole Health National Champion, Office of Patient-Centered Care & Cultural Transformation/Integrative Health Coordinating Center, VA Central Office, USA
4. Affiliate Professor, Family Medicine, UW School of Medicine, Seattle, WA, USA
5. Adjunct Faculty, Saybrook University, College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences, CA, USA

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About This Topic

The field of Palliative Care has been growing exponentially during the last 30 years. The term “palliative” refers to interventions that focus on managing symptoms and decreasing suffering when curing the underlying disease may not be possible. While many people still associate the term “palliative care” with “end of life care,” the scope of palliative care includes supportive care interventions for symptom management and psycho-social-spiritual support at all stages of disease progression – from early diagnosis to end of life.

Randomized controlled trials have shown that providing palliative care from the time of diagnosis may greatly affect patient’s quality of life and, for some people, even improve life expectancy. The growing utilization of evidence-based integrative therapies in oncology and palliative care speaks about a paradigm shift in which we highlight the importance of non-pharmacological modalities, particularly in addressing side effects from conventional treatments and in providing comfort, relaxation and psycho-social-spiritual support.

Integrative Palliative Care (IPC) is an emerging field in medicine that involves the use of evidence-based conventional and complementary approaches together to provide care for people facing life-limiting illnesses or approaching the end of life. IPC addresses the whole person as a multidimensional being - caring for the body, mind, spirit and relationships.

This special issue will focus on the utilization of integrative therapies as supportive care in palliative care environments. We are seeking publications that address integrative approaches in different populations such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, heart failure and COPD. We would like to emphasize the broader meaning of palliative care as supportive care, and therefore, we are also interested in publications addressing conditions such as arthritis and other chronic incurable conditions, which affect large numbers of people and can benefit profoundly from integrative approaches.

Therapies of interest include acupuncture and related modalities, massage, biofield therapies (such as healing touch, therapeutic touch, reiki), expressive art therapies (music, graphic arts, narrative medicine), mind-body and contemplative therapies (such as meditation, guided imagery and hypnosis), mindful-based movement therapies (such as tai chi/qigong and yoga) and aromatherapy.

Palliative care environments of interest include from integrative oncology outpatient and inpatient settings, to rehabilitation in neurodegenerative and vascular diseases, to geriatric and nursing home environments.

Related topics of interest include enhancing the patient experience, creating optimal healing environments, patient-centered and relationship-centered care, consciousness and spirituality, integrative oncology interventions, integrative therapies in geriatrics, integrative therapies for family caregiver support and programs that teach integrative interventions to family caregivers. Other relevant topics will be also considered.

Publication

Open Access Original Research

Comparing the Perspectives of Professionals and Relatives Toward the Quality of Palliative Care: A Qualitative Study

Received: 14 July 2020;  Published: 20 October 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2004041

Abstract

High-quality care is an important aim of palliative care services. However, the quality of care is a complex phenomenon and is subjectively perceived by those who are closest to the services and are often evaluated poorly. Prior research has highlighted the difficulties in evaluating the [...]
Open Access Review

Serious Illness Management: A Fuller Approach to Integrative Palliative Care

Received: 29 March 2020;  Published: 26 August 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003037
Open Access Original Research

Cognitive Impairment, Meditative Movement, and Gene Expression in Breast Cancer Survivors

Received: 20 May 2020;  Published: 27 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003035

Abstract

Breast cancer survivors (BCSs) report decrements in cognitive functioning. A Meditative Movement (MM) program (Qigong/Tai Chi Easy) combines meditation and exercise, practices known to improve cognitive function. Method: Using a single group, pre- to post-intervention assessment design, a pilot stud [...]
Open Access Communication

Child Life Specialists in Pediatric Hospital Care

Received: 12 May 2020;  Published: 17 July 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2003034

Abstract

Child life specialists (CLS) are trained providers who form part of a pediatric multidisciplinary and pediatric palliative care team. Their role is invaluable to mitigate the stress and anxiety of children during hospitalization. They may use various strategies in children like play, art and music t [...]
Open Access Correction

Correction: Watts L, et al. Stakeholder Perceptions of Dignity Therapy for Children and Young People with Life-Limiting and Life-Threatening Conditions in the UK. OBM Integrative and Complementary Medicine 2020; 5: 19

Received: 08 May 2020;  Published: 08 May 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2002027
Open Access Review

Effectiveness of Aromatherapy in Alleviating Palliative Symptoms and Its Possible Side Effects: A Literature Review

Received: 09 March 2020;  Published: 28 April 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2002024

Abstract

Palliative care is a steadily growing component of medicine that focuses on treating individuals with life-limiting diseases such as cancer. It aims at improving the quality of life and alleviating cancer-related symptoms, including anxiety, pain, dyspnea, cough, nausea/vomiting, and constipation, w [...]
Open Access Editorial

Religious, and Ethno-Cultural Competence in Palliative and End-of-Life Care

Received: 17 March 2020;  Published: 23 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2001016

Abstract

Cultural and religious competence is an essential component of palliative and end-of-life care. Because religious, ethnic and racial groups often differ in their values and preferences, including their attitudes toward palliative and end-of-life care, clinicians must maintain an [...]
Open Access Original Research

Stakeholder Perceptions of Dignity Therapy for Children and Young People with Life-Limiting and Life-Threatening Conditions in the UK

Received: 04 November 2019;  Published: 03 March 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2001012

Abstract

In palliative and end of life care settings supporting people to make sense of their lives is as important as managing disease symptoms. Dignity Therapy is a validated psychotherapeutic intervention designed to bring about a sense of meaning and purpose for individuals at the end of life. Dignity Th [...]
Open Access Original Research

Therapeutic Effects: The Integration of Creative Arts Therapy in Palliative Care

Received: 17 November 2019;  Published: 14 January 2020;  doi: 10.21926/obm.icm.2001004

Abstract

The University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) implemented a Creative Arts Therapy (CAT) program offering CAT to hospitalized patients as a component of comprehensive palliative care (PC) services. The objective of this pilot program evaluation study was to evaluate short-term effects of CAT on patient s [...]
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