Complementary Care Programs are Becoming an Accepted Alternative by Patients and Insurers

From 1995 to 1997, project staff at the Wellspring Foundation of Bethlehem, Conn., continued its residential retreat program for cancer patients. Through these retreats, Wellspring offered a time-limited intervention to provide cancer patients with the physical, psychological, social and spiritual support.

The Wellspring five-day residential retreat included group therapy, massage therapy, art therapy, yoga, nutrition counseling, relaxation training, and other educational services.

Key Results

  • uring the grant period, Wellspring conducted 10 five-day residential retreats for 77 cancer patients.

  • Project staff reached another 63 patients and nearly 200 health professionals through evening programs and workshops on complementary care.

  • Project staff implemented a rural outreach program, but discontinued it after nine months.

  • Project staff designed an outpatient program, though it was not implemented during the grant period.