In patients with life-limiting illness, where the aim of palliation is to optimise their quality-of-life, the challenge arises among healthcare professionals with being able to see the opportunities for healing at a spiritual level, even though a biological cure is no longer possible. It is within these realms of spiritual and emotional care that aromatherapy can arguably make its greatest difference.
Clinical aromatherapy reframes symptom management in this patient group to allow for greater emotional, social and spiritual expression. The aim being to redress the balance of conventional medical approaches which tend to focus on the physical nature of symptoms and pharmacological management. Such approaches are dependent upon a thorough understanding of the patient’s symptom experience and their priorities of concern. Tailoring interventions to meet the individual’s particular issues, means that patients no longer receive a ‘blanket-approach’ to care but an intervention which considers their individual strengths and specific emotional, spiritual, physical and social capacities. Collectively, these serve to optimise a feeling of well-being. This requires a cohesive interplay between holistic and clinical aromatherapy principles.
This presentation will consider the ways in which we can seamlessly integrate clinical aromatherapy approaches alongside conventional medicine in the palliative care setting. Learning outcomes include:
- Being able to identify the key areas where clinical aromatherapy can bridge the gaps that exist in the management of patients with life-limiting illness
- Understanding and applying the fundamental principles of advanced symptom assessment and select aromatherapy interventions appropriate to the individual’s unique presentation
- Demonstrating an understanding of the importance of patient-centred and relationship centred care
About Carol Rose
Carol Rose is a Clinical Aromatherapist, Educator and Registered Nurse with a BSC (HONS) in Palliative Nursing, specialising in clinical aromatherapy in patients with life-limiting illness. She has published a number of articles in the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy (IJCA), Aromatika and Aromatherapy Today on subjects relating to aromatherapy in oncology and palliative care and is a member of the IJCA Editorial Advisory Board and a Fellow of the International Clinical Aromatherapy Network (ICAN). A dedicated practitioner and advocate of evidence-based complementary therapies for patients with life-limiting illness, she is also the author of the newly released textbook, Integrating Clinical Aromatherapy in Palliative Care which explores how to effectively bridge the gap between conventional healthcare approaches and safe integration of clinical aromatherapy as a healing modality in specialist palliative care. She lives in the far north of New Zealand where she spends any spare time tending their 7-acre garden.