Medical treatment or alternative therapy?
Surgery, operations, transfusions, x-rays – all are procedures carried out in any hospital in the world. These medical treatments are at the forefront of hospital services, helping to heal broken bones and cure ailments and illness.
However, many hospitals in the US have started to offer a number of alternative therapies alongside their more traditional medical treatments. According to the results of a survey carried out by the American Hospital Association (AHA), it seems hospitals are starting to offer complimentary therapy in response to a growing patient demand.
Patients are apparently now looking for more personalised care packages and as a result, they are now able to take advantage of a variety of alternative therapies including acupuncture, meditation, massage, homeopathy and chiropractic care.
The AHA survey was sent to US hospitals last year and the results were based on 714 responses. It revealed the number of facilities providing complimentary therapies has increased by five percent since 2007 – growing from 37 percent to 42 percent today. Eighty-five percent of facilities said they made the move as a direct response to patient demand, while 70 percent of hospitals said it was also an attempt to broaden their services. However, the top ranked obstacle encountered when introducing alternative therapies was financial constrictions.
One therapy most commonly available in US hospitals is the treatment of pain management, with 65 percent tailoring their complimentary services to offer massage therapy. It was discovered this was a particularly popular type of therapy given to cancer patients to relieve any stress, tension or incidences of pain they may be experiencing as a result of their treatment.
Commenting on the move by hospitals to diversify their service offerings, Nancy Foster, the President of the AHA, said: “Hospitals have long known that what they do to treat and heal involves more than just medications and procedures. It is about using all of the art and science of medicine to restore the patient as fully as possible.”
In conducting the study, the AHA worked closely with the Sameuli Institute, a not-for profit research group which supports scientific investigations into the role healing therapies have in medicine and healthcare. Sita Ananth is the Director of Knowledge Services for the Samueli Institute and was one of the authors ofAHA study. She said: “Today's patients have better access to health information and are demanding more personalised care. The survey results reinforce the fact that patients want the best that both conventional and alternative medicine can offer.”
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Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know
We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital.
What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah. It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots.
Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005, Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day.
Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital.
Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.
Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.
"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”