Integrating Complementary Medicine Into Health Systems

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This comprehensive and in-depth guide includes complete case studies by over 40 model organizations and thorough reviews of acupuncture, chiropractic, therapeutic massage, clinical nutrition, and herbal therapy. Content includes trends and data, practical strategic planning, reimbursement, marketing, and policy, credentialing and staffing, regulations, clinical operations, and assessment and research.
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Reviewer: Martha J. Greenberg, PhD, RN (Pace University)
Description: This seminal reference provides up-to-date information on the latest model programs, reimbursement and funding practices, and resource management on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for healthcare administrators and practitioners grappling with the trend toward integration of complementary therapies.
Purpose: The contributors inform health professionals new to CAM and those wanting additional information and data about the most efficient and successful methods to introduce CAM to patients as well as how to identify capable CAM professionals. Every CAM provider, as well as those wishing to begin a CAM practice, should own this unique contribution to the field. It is a must for the uninformed.
Audience: The book is a complete resource for healthcare administrators and providers, both CAM and traditional practitioners. Experts in the field write for a broad audience and variety of discplines. It is a rich resource for students and practitioners in most of the health disciplines and those concerning health management, business, and policy.
Features: The book covers virtually every facet of integrative medicine from current trends, to CAM administration, model programs, resources, and research in five major disciplines. Especially well done are the chapters on strategic planning, policy, regulations, and operations. Case studies, models, bibliographies, and checklists are some of the elements that make this book an excellent reference tool.
Assessment: First in the field, this compendium contains a wealth of informatioon for healthcare administrators and practitioners. It is a "must have" book for executives and descision makers transitioning into CAM programs or practices.
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has made inroads into the National Institutes of Health, mainstream medical schools, consumer and even insurance acceptance. Introductory chapters detail trends, data, evolving demands and demographics, and new perspectives in the accelerating integration of CAM with conventional Western biomedicine. The rest of the 67 chapters comprehensively address the themes of management functions (reimbursement, marketing, and policy, credentialing and staffing, regulations, clinical operations, assessment and research); organizational structures (networks; integrative medical centers, hospital-based programs, wellness programs); research on, and cost- effectiveness of several integrative disciplines (from acupuncture to herbal therapy); resources for continuing education; and future perspectives. Includes case studies. Faass is a San Francisco health writer with MSW and MPH degrees. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
The Integrator
Review Integrating Complementary Medicine into Health Systems, a 763-page Aspen Publications text, is a remarkable compilation of strategies, articles, how-to, and opinion which should prove to be the enduring core text for CAM integrators...This definitive work...manages to bring between two covers exceptional information from diverse, hands-on workers who are all leaders in the multi-stakeholder, integration undertaking from research to coding, from network-based CAM coverage to hospital-based CAM delivery, from present utilization to a vision of optimal placement in a patient-centered system. For newcomers, Faass wisely includes a half-dozen sections on leading CAM modalities. ---- John Weeks, Editor-in-Chief, The Integrator.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780834212169
  • Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Learning
  • Publication date: 3/9/2001
  • Edition description: 1E
  • Pages: 763
  • Product dimensions: 1.60 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 10.00 (d)

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More than $47 billion is spent each year on complementary and alternative therapies and products. Yet many of us are surprised to learn that 96% patients who use alternative treatment also use mainstream medicine, according to Harvard research. Less than 5% use alternative medicine in lieu of mainstream medicine, reflected in a Stanford study.

This suggests that most consumers using alternative medicine seek an integrative approach to mainstream and alternative treatment in combination.

Physicians report growing interest in complementary therapies. One survey found that over 90% of doctors consider diet, exercise, and stress reduction to be viable aspects of treatment. Other surveys have found 50% of physicians (particularly primary care physicians) have referred patients to acupuncture and chiropractic. In managed care organizations, 65% offer complementary therapies according to a survey by Landmark Healthcare.

What does the best integrative care look like? New programs are developing across the country in networks and hospitals. Some have withered in the face of economic storms, but others have thrived. Even people who track these trends are surprised by the breadth and diversity of integrative programming. Complementary therapies are included in extensive healthcare networks nationwide. Acupuncture is provided in academic and integrative medicine centers; chiropractic, in pain management, spine care, and sports medicine; and therapeutic massage in neonatal care, palliative cancer care, and workplace stress reduction.

These many applications seem remarkable in light of the fact that 10 years ago, most of these programs would not have been provided in major healthcare institutions.

Another powerful indicator of this trend is the expansion of the Medline database since 1996. CAM on PubMed now includes more than 180,000 citations on complementary and alternative medicine. The total commitment in CAM research at the NIH for 2000 was $161 million, including more than $100 million to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) for fiscal year 2002. Courses on complementary medicine are now offered in at least 73 medical schools in the U.S.

In the context of growing interest, Integrating Complementary Medicine into Health Systems is intended to offer a comprehensive overview of this emerging field and provide additional information and resources.

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Table of Contents

Trends, Data, and Demographics

Practical Strategic Planning
Reinbursement, Marketing, and Policy
Credentialing and Staffing
Clinical Operations
Assessment and Research

Integrative Medicine Centers
Hospital-Based Programs
Wellness Programs

Therapeutic massage
Clinical Nutrition
Herbal Therapy
Resources for Continuing Education


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