Integrative healthcare trends to watch in 2021

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Chronic disease management

While much of the last year has focused on acute illness, chronic disease prevention and management remains a growing field of interest in integrative medicine. Specialties ranging from integrative oncology to rheumatology are increasing as research supports complementary practices in both treatment and preventative protocols.

Integrative providers have an opportunity to expand their existing practices or work to partner with conventional medicine practitioners to deliver the best care to patients experiencing or who are at risk of developing a chronic disease. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, patients are more aware than ever and looking for personalized care from registered dietitians, licensed acupuncturists, and more, and as research continues to evolve to support such therapies in chronic disease care, integrative practitioners must remain ahead of the curve.