The efficacy of aromatherapy in palliative care: a clinical perspective

Carol Rose is a Clinical Aromatherapist & Educator, who runs a practice in Kerikeri, New Zealand, specialising in people with progressive & life-limiting illness and is the lead therapist at her local Hospice.

Formerly a Registered General Nurse, she focused her career in oncology & palliative care, completing a BSc (HONS) in Palliative Nursing with the Royal Marsden Hospital, London in 1997. With over 20-years in nursing positions funded by Macmillan Cancer Relief, her roles included: clinical research investigating quality of life issues in patients with advanced cancer; setting up a nurse-led cancer genetics service in Oxfordshire and a nurse-led colorectal cancer service at the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. She also worked as a member of the Palliative Home Care team at North London Hospice. Integral to this, she chaired the UK National Bowel Cancer Forum (1999 - 2002), initiated national awareness campaigns, a patient information service and published in the medical & nursing press. During her time at the Royal Marsden Hospital, Carol discovered Aromatherapy which became an area of intense interest throughout her nursing career. Since moving to New Zealand in 2004, she completed a Diploma in Aromatherapy and continued with overseas advanced studies in Clinical Aromatherapy. She teaches educational programmes for healthcare and allied-health professionals on issues related to aromatherapy in oncology & palliative care, writes regularly for the International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy and is a member of their Editorial Advisory Board.

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