Herbs to magnets: Managing alternative therapies in the nursing home

Gerard D. Spoelhof, Laura F. Foerst

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Alternative therapy utilization is prevalent in the aging population, resulting in an increased expectation that these treatments will be continued on entry to a long-term care facility. In nursing home regulations, herbal medications are viewed as vitamins, and oversight from consultant pharmacists is minimal. These preparations are generally safe, but special care is warranted regarding potential psychoactive effects and the risk of bleeding. Magnet therapy lacks demonstrated efficacy in clinical trials and may pose a risk to patients with pacemakers or implanted defibrillators.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)51-57
Number of pages7
JournalAnnals of Long-Term Care
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

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