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An integrative approach to care not only encompasses an interest in expanding the evidence-based therapies used by healthcare providers to cure disease and restore health, it also includes a set of principles — such as being patient-centered and fostering patient engagement — that address how the care is delivered. In addition, it emphasizes the creation of a culture of health and wellbeing, not only for patients and providers, but throughout the healthcare system and in the greater society as well.
In this time of change, many of the principles embraced by Integrative Healthcare are now in direct alignment with the overall direction and evolution of healthcare reform.
In addition to addressing major health concerns such as cancer survivorship, obesity, autoimmune diseases, cardiac conditions, metabolic syndromes and mental health issues such as depression, integrative strategies have also been successful in improving:
Once a leader understands the principles behind Integrative Healthcare, then creative solutions to our everyday problems come into view.
If you are interested in becoming one of the leaders who will help transform our healthcare system and improve the health of our nation, the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare at Duke University is for you.
Adam Perlman, Director of the Leadership Program in Integrative Healthcare, explains what makes this program different from other leadership programs and what participants can expect to get out of the program.