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Integrative Medicine as a Vital Component of Patient Care.

  • Author(s): Gannotta, Richard;
  • Malik, Shaista;
  • Chan, Alvin Y;
  • Urgun, Kamran;
  • Hsu, Frank;
  • Vadera, Sumeet
  • et al.
Abstract

The landscape of medicine in the United States has been slowly progressing toward a more holistic and individualized approach to healing. Part of this progress has been the integration between western and alternative forms of medicine, a concept that has been described as "integrative medicine." This approach to healthcare incorporates a patient's mind, spirituality, and sense of community into the healing process. Integrative medicine has been typically well received and the demand has been steadily increasing in primary US hospitals. Here we cover a number of topics that include the definition of integrative medicine, its potential benefits, current examples of successful implementations, and potential barriers to its expansion. The aim was to give a primary on integrative medicine and its current state for healthcare providers.

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