Healthcare professional resource featuring the most recent developments in Integrative Healthcare policy, research, education and news, courtesy of John Weeks and the Integrator Blog, March 2012, Integrative Centers edition.

Bravewell publishes landmark Integrative Medicine in America (but does the subject matter reflect the title?)  

In mid-February 2012, the Bravewell Collaborative of philanthropists in integrative medicine published Integrative Medicine in America: How Integrative Medicine Is Being Practiced in Clinical Centers Across the United States. The report is based on survey-and-interview-based research in 29 health system and academic medical center-sponsored integrative medicine clinics. The 114-page document includes extensive data on types of services, conditions treated, and perceptions of leaders on where services have the most clinical value. (Topping the list was chronic pain.) The publication generated substantial media attention for the emerging field. A Huffington Post article on the study is here: New Bravewell Report a Goldmine for Those Intrigued by Integrative Medicine, Pandora’s Box to Skeptics.  

Comment: This study is tremendously interesting to anyone who cares about integrative medicine. It’s truly a treasure trove of riches into which one can dig and then mull. Click in and check it out! I had one significant concern which I addressed with a posting query: Integrator Forum: Does the Landmark “Integrative Medicine in America” Actually Portray Integrative Medicine in America?  The reason: The vast majority of consumer experience of “integrative medicine in America” is through community-based practices. Does this portrait capture what a consumer is likely to experience – or what an integrative medicine practitioner offers?  Is the field appropriately represented in this report? What would be different if such a report were based on surveys of community-based practices? If you have an opinion, send it to johnweeks@theintegratorblog.com and it will be included in an upcoming Integrator forum.

 

University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Health sets sights on “whole systems healing” 

An exceptional February 11, 2012 keynote by Mary Jo Kreitzer, RN, PhD, FAAN at the Integrative Healthcare Symposium (IHS) introduced participants to the Whole Systems Healing (WSH) initiative of the University of Minnesota’s Center for Spirituality and Health, which Kreitzer founded and directs. The initiative, engaged in partnership with the Life Science Foundation, describes WSH as “a way of cultivating the health and well-being of individuals, communities, organizations, societies, and the environment by living and acting with awareness of the wholeness and the interconnectedness of all living systems.” Among the WSH “Strategies and Practices” explored on the site are: Gentle Action, Social Entrepreneurship, Reflective/Contemplative/Spiritual Practices, Interpersonal Relational Practices, and Restorative Dialogue. A significant section is devoted to Whole Systems Leadership. Those interested can take a 50 minute module

Comment: Making headway in creating a health and wellness orientation in our culture and our medical practices requires a tough acknowledgment for any practitioner; that is, what goes on in the clinic reflects a mere fraction of what contributes to one’s health or illness. One needs a systems approach. Our world needs more individuals who walk comfortably in the complexity of such a whole systems view. The integrative practitioner would seem a natural for such leadership, given the philosophy. But, as my colleague Pamela Snider, ND, likes to say, we need to “operationalize” our philosophy. Credit Kreitzer and her team, and their partners at the Life Science Foundation, for helping operationalize this connection for our community. Now, time to go take that whole systems healing leadership module!