Requisite Practices of Integrative Medicine
A few key elements underlie effective integrative medicine. First is the doctor-patient contract in which there is a mutual understanding of what it means to be a patient, namely, trusting and engaging with providers as an informed participant in one’s own treatment. For providers, there are three practices that must occur for integrative medicine to be effective. The most important element of integrative medicine is professionals communicating and collaborating about mutual patients. The second most important activity is gathering and sharing all available care records. The third key integrative medicine activity is advocacy for the resources to help the patient succeed in treatment. Finally, it is important to understand that patient-centered care is not the same as patient-directed care; patient satisfaction is not a measure of effective healthcare.
KeywordsDoctor-patient contract Patient advocacy Interdisciplinary collaboration Medical records Patient satisfaction Patient-centered care
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