Fundamental Concepts of Integrative Medicine
The goals of medical care are improved function, improved quality of life, and improved longevity. Integrative healthcare is able to achieve these goals better in vulnerable populations than the current healthcare model. Patients with complex comorbidity including mental illness issues and addiction, as well as those who are disenfranchised from care, are more costly to care for and account for a larger part of healthcare expenditure with limited benefit. An inadequate understanding of the interactions between the mind, the brain, and the body leads to a great deal of misdirected treatment. Integrative healthcare seeks to provide less fractured and more coherent care that is more cost sufficient and has better outcomes.
KeywordsHigh cost utilizer Fractured medical care Integrative medicine Coordinated care Mind-brain duality Mind-body duality
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