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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.