Cost savings in inpatient oncology through an integrative medicine approach
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the cost impact of an integrative medicine intervention on an inpatient oncology service. STUDY DESIGN: This study used nonrandomized, nonequivalent groups. A baseline sample of inpatient oncology patients at Beth Israel Medical Center admitted to the medical oncology unit before implementation of the Urban Zen Initiative were compared with patients admitted after the Urban Zen Initiative was in place. METHODS: The Urban Zen Initiative incorporated yoga therapy, holistic nursing techniques, and a "healing environment" into routine inpatient oncology care. Length of stay and medication use data were extracted from Beth Israel's decision support electronic database. We compared length of stay, total medication costs, and costs of as-needed medications for both groups: the baseline sample of inpatient oncology patients and patients exposed to the Urban Zen healing environment initiative. RESULTS: We had complete cost data on 85 patients in our baseline group and 72 in our intervention group. We found no difference in length of stay between the 2 groups. We found a significant decrease in use of antiemetic, anxiolytic, and hypnotic medication costs as well as a decrease in total medication costs in the Urban Zen sample compared with the baseline group. CONCLUSIONS: An integrative medicine approach including yoga therapy, holistic nursing, and a healing environment in the inpatient setting can decrease use of medications, resulting in substantial cost savings for hospitals in the care of oncology patients.

Author(s): 
Kligler, Benjamin
Homel, Peter
Harrison, Louis B.
Levenson, Hanniel D.
Kenney, Jeanne B.
Merrell, Woodson
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
The American Journal of Managed Care
Journal Abbreviation: 
Am J Manag Care
Publication Date: 
Dec 2011
Publication Year: 
2011
Pages: 
779-784
Volume: 
17
Issue: 
12
ISSN: 
1936-2692
Library Catalog: 
NCBI Published Medical (?)
Extra: 
PMID: 22216749

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Benjamin Kligler, Peter Homel, Louis B. Harrison, Hanniel D. Levenson, Jeanne B. Kenney and Woodson Merrell. Dec 2011. "Cost savings in inpatient oncology through an integrative medicine approach." The American Journal of Managed Care 17: 12: 779-784.

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