Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public: A Summary of the February 2009 Summit


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Integrative medicine can be described as orienting the health care process to create a seamless engagement by patients and caregivers of the full range of physical, psychological, social, preventive, and therapeutic factors known to be effective and necessary for the achievement of optimal health throughout the life span. Integrative medicine envisions a health care system that focuses on efficient, evidence-based prevention, wellness, and patient-centered care that is personalized, predictive, preventive and participatory.

On February 25-27, 2009, the Institute of Medicine convened the Summit on Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public in Washington, DC. The Summit brought together more than 600 scientists, academic leaders, policy experts, health practitioners, advocates, and other participants from many disciplines to examine the practice of integrative medicine, its scientific basis, and its potential for improving health. The Summit sessions covered overarching visions for integrative medicine, models of care, workforce and education needs, and economic and policy implications. These discussions are summarized in Integrative Medicine and the Health of the Public: A Summary of the February 2009 Summit.

Watch the video webcast of the Summit.