IFM Survey Teases Characteristics of Functional Medicine Practice
August 19, 2016
sent a release entitled “Landmark Survey Explores Paradigm Shift in Healthcare Landscape.” Some results of the 124 question instrument were made available in a 4-page document entitled Functional Medicine Practices, Opportunities, Challenges and Emerging Trends. However, the full results of the survey are available only through purchase. The survey was funded by Pure Encapsulations. The following are what the IFM chose to publicly share as “key findings”:
- 71 percent of first-time Functional Medicine patient visits last 60–120 minutes, compared with an average conventional primary care visit time of 15 minutes or less.
- 99 percent of Functional Medicine practitioners recommend nutritional supplements to their patients.
- 66 percent of Functional Medicine practitioners currently offer educational seminars, or hope to offer training models to their patients within the next 12 months.
- Contrary to burnout trends among physicians, 43 percent of physicians practicing Functional Medicine plan to work into their 70s, indicating higher job satisfaction.
- Functional Medicine practitioners reported increased use of advanced lab testing and a preference for electronic medical records, among other practice information that may be of use to practitioners considering Functional Medicine.